CMAG acknowledges the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, the Ngunnawal people.

CMAG respects and celebrates the continuing Ngunnawal culture and the rich contribution that Ngunnawal people, and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, bring to our community and to our understanding of the country that surrounds and nurtures us.  

CMAG serves a unique role as a place to experience the diverse history and contemporary culture of the Canberra region; and through this to gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s dynamic culture in its global setting.

CMAG manages The Nolan Collection on behalf of the Australian Government.

Visit us

Canberra Museum and Gallery is located on the corner of London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City. 

Most exhibitions are free, though charges may apply for some temporary exhibitions.

Opening hours

Open 7 days a week:

Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12-4pm

The CMAG cafe operates, 8.30am – 3pm Monday to Friday, 12-4pm Saturdays serving drinks and light snacks.

Public holidays

Closed some Public Holidays, please refer to this website or phone for information. 

Getting here

Canberra Museum and Gallery is conveniently located close to both parking and public transport options.


The City bus interchange is located 200m walk from CMAG on East Row, and many routes also stop along London Circuit. Details of bus services can be found on the ACTION website, or by phoning 13 17 10.


Due to the construction of Constitution Place, the various car parks surrounding Canberra Museum and Gallery will undergo a number of modifications.

Detailed information about parking changes and alternative parking nearby are available via this link.



We are always ready to do our best to assist visitors with special needs. We are fully wheelchair accessible, and have a range of seating options available during floor talks and other public programs. A wheelchair is also available for patron use. Our cafe also caters for a range of dietary requirements.

If additional assistance is required, or if you wish to request the use of our wheelchair, please contact our front of house staff on 02 6207 3968 or cmag@act.gov.au and we will do our best to make arrangements before you arrive.


On arrival please leave backpacks, large or bulky items in the cloakroom at the reception desk. Bulky items can cause accidental damage to artworks.

Group visits

School visits

School and group visits to the Museum are welcome throughout the year. To help us ensure that your visit is a rewarding one, we ask that you provide us with  advance notice of your visit. Visit our Learning section for more information.

Eating & drinking


The CMAG cafe operates, 8.30am – 3pm Monday to Friday, 12-4pm Saturdays, serving drinks and light snacks.

Come in and enjoy a coffee, pastry, soup or a hot toastie and browse the web with our free wifi.

Museum etiquette

Conditions of Entry

To ensure the safety of the works of art, and in consideration of other visitors, we ask that movement through CMAG be orderly and considerate. For the safety of works of art and visitors, it is a requirement that visitors to CMAG must accept and comply with these conditions.

  • No touching of objects on display
  • No food/drink in the gallery spaces
  • No smoking
  • No large bags, umbrellas or helmets | Cloakroom available at reception desk
  • No flash photography or as otherwise directed
  • Group visits must be booked in advance
  • Mobile phones should be turned to silent mode

Our services to you

  • A diverse exhibition program, including permanent, temporary and travelling exhibitions.
  • Community engagement through education and community programs, membership benefits and venue hire facilities.
  • Exhibitions, maintenance, development and community and education programs based around our collections.
  • Professional, friendly and respectful staff who are committed to improving our standards of service and act in accordance with the ACT Public Service Code of Conduct.
  • A safe, comfortable and stimulating environment where all visitors have a positive experience.
  • Information that is accurate and as up to date as practicable.