Australian War Memorial reopens with temporary new entrance

Australian War Memorial

An artist’s impression of the remodeled Australian war memorial. Image: AWM.

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

The new temporary entrance, on the east side of the main building opposite Poppy’s café, will be the main entrance for visitors for the next three years.

Early works have included the demolition of Anzac Hall, and the removal of trees and plans has been submitted to the National Capital Authority for major works, including a new larger Anzac Hall and Glazed Link, a new southern entrance, forecourt and parade ground, and Bean Building Extension.


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The controversial remodel 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 the airplane hall, World War I galleries, World War II galleries and the memorial area, including the scroll of honor, the reflection pool, eternal flame, the memorial hall and the unknown Australian tomb. Soldier.

Work begins at the Australian War Memorial

Work will start at the Australian War Memorial in June. Photo: Fil.

However, construction activity will affect access to the Conflicts 1945 to Today Gallery, and ticket access on certain 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 7 p.m. 16:45 in Commemorative Area.

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

In accordance with the ACT Government’s COVID-19 guidelines, 500 participants will be allowed to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff.

The national ceremony will be broadcast live from the ABC memorial from 6 p.m. 10:45.

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

“We know how much it means to people to be able to commemorate the memorial in person, and although there will be some disruption to the site as the development project unfolds, visitors will still be able to explore many of our galleries and reflect and pay. their respect in the area of ​​remembrance. “

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

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