Australian War Memorial to reopen with temporary new entrance

Ian Bushnell 4 November 2021 8
Australian War Memorial

An artist’s impression of the redeveloped Australian War Memorial. Image: AWM.

The Australian War Memorial will reopen to the public on Wednesday 17 November, but visitors will need to use a new temporary entrance as the planned $500 million redevelopment project progresses.

The new temporary entrance, on the eastern side of the main building opposite Poppy’s café, will be the main visitor entry point for the next three years.

Early works have included the demolition of Anzac Hall and removal of trees and plans have been lodged with the National Capital Authority for the main works including a new bigger Anzac Hall and Glazed Link, a new southern entrance, forecourt and parade ground and the Bean Building Extension.


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The controversial redevelopment will create more space so the memorial can also tell the stories of more contemporary conflicts and missions.

Many areas will remain accessible to visitors throughout the project including Aircraft Hall, First World War Galleries, Second World War Galleries and the Commemorative Area, including the Roll of Honour, Pool of Reflection, Eternal Flame, Hall of Memory and Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier.

Work starts at Australian War Memorial

Work starts at the Australian War Memorial in June. Photo: File.

However, construction activity will impact access to the Conflicts 1945 to Today Gallery, and ticketed access on specific days and times will be required via the memorial’s website.

Visitors will also require timed tickets to enter the memorial galleries and to attend the daily Last Post Ceremony at 4:45 pm in the Commemorative Area.

Limited tickets are also available for the Remembrance Day 2021 National Ceremony on 11 November.

In line with the ACT Government’s COVID-19 guidelines, 500 ticketed attendees will be permitted to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff.

The National Ceremony will be broadcast live from the memorial on the ABC from 10:45 am.

Memorial Director Matt Anderson, said he was looking forward to welcoming visitors back in the coming weeks and he encouraged everyone to book a free ticket online to guarantee entry.

“We know how much it means to people to be able to commemorate at the memorial in person and although there will be some disruption on site as the development project unfolds, visitors will still be able to explore many of our galleries and reflect and pay their respects in the Commemorative Area.”

More information on visiting the memorial and booking free timed tickets is available on the AWM website.


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8 Responses to Australian War Memorial to reopen with temporary new entrance
Teresa Layton Teresa Layton 9:58 am 07 Nov 21

The gorgeous old gums where the cockatoos lived to the left of the ‘artist impression’ have sadly gone. Not quite a honest impression of what it will look like

Tamy Taylor Tamy Taylor 10:02 pm 05 Nov 21

I wouldn't use the word temporary for something that will stay in place for the next 3 years but that's just me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Stephen Page-Murray Stephen Page-Murray 8:54 am 05 Nov 21

Shocking waste and I’m ex Service

Luke Geerlings Luke Geerlings 4:37 pm 04 Nov 21

Sammy Wegner definitely a good activity to take Maxwell

Joanne Jeanes Joanne Jeanes 3:12 pm 04 Nov 21

The government has ignored public opinion once again

Linda Stapleton Linda Stapleton 2:54 pm 04 Nov 21

Having worked at the War Memorial, I came across so many veterans affected by what they went through. Many told me of the struggles they had getting assistance to deal with the issues they were going through. Also having family in the same boat I, quite frankly, am disgusted at the money wasted on this project that could have been funneled into areas that assisted our veterans who are still alive and need assistance. I will never set foot in this building again because if I do then I see it as my approving of this waste of money.

    Linda Moore Linda Moore 3:00 pm 04 Nov 21

    Linda Stapleton completely agree with you! With such a high rate of homelessness the $ could have been put to much better use for the living.

    Lynn Bean Lynn Bean 5:49 pm 04 Nov 21

    I agree too. A terrible waste of money

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