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  •   Canberra - Rainy Day

•   Mt Stromlo Exploratory
Part of the Mt Stromlo Observatory, the Exploratory provides an educational look at astronomy in its public visitor centre. Features include ‘hands-on’ exhibits, events and tours. You can purchase souvenirs, gifts and educational products.

•   Lanyon Homestead
Lanyon Homestead sits on the bank of the Murrumbidgee River outside Canberra. This fine building has been restored and furnished with period fittings. The Nolan Gallery, displaying the works of artist Sir Sidney Nolan, and temporary exhibitions relating to the artist, is also part of this property.

•   National Gallery of Australia
The National Gallery of Australia has the finest collection of Australian art including Aboriginal art and works by all major Australian artists. There is also an impressive collection of overseas works and regular exhibitions for children.

•   Parliament House
There are free tours of Australia`s most expensive building, Parliament House, when Parliament is not sitting. Or if Parliament is in session, you can view proceedings from the public gallery.

•   National Capital Exhibition
This exhibition, located at Regatta Point on Lake Burley Griffin, provides a fascinating account of the establishment, design and development of Canberra. It is also an excellent vantage point for views of the lake and the Captain Cook Memorial Jet.

•   Old Parliament House and National Portrait Gallery
Old Parliament House is now home to the National Portrait Gallery and various exhibitions showcasing Australia’s social and political history. Daily and specially-themed tours reveal behind the scenes stories, as well as the art, architecture and gardens.

•   Calthorpes House
At Red Hill is Calthorpes house, built in the Spanish Mission style in 1927. Having been preserved almost intact since the 1920s, it contains original furnishings and is an important record of Canberra life at that time.

•   High Court of Australia
Public visitors can view the Great Hall, the three courtrooms and the cafeteria. The Great Hall includes an educational display and video area, and often features exhibitions or performances by cultural organisations. Court attendants are on hand at strategic points in the building to explain the operation of the court, its history and to guide you through the building.

•   National Library
The National Library is more than just a collection of books. The collections include pamphlets, posters, maps, personal diaries and manuscripts, oral histories and electronic media. There is a feature exhibition and other exhibitions in the visitor centre. Admission is free and there is also an interesting free “behind the scenes” tour of the library on Tuesdays.

•   Blundells Cottage
This farm workers` cottage on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin dates from 1830 when the area was farmland. The cottage contains an interesting collection of historic household goods.

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