Online Exhibitions

Bushmaster - On Closer Inspection

On Closer Inspection

Through the use of 360-degree digital video and virtual reality technology, users can view and explore a Mark IV tank and a Bushmaster.

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Music and the First World War

Songs have an uncanny ability to express feeling and ideas in simple relatable ways and an amazing knack for bringing people together and galvanise spirt. So it should come as no surprise to discover that song and music of all kinds have always played an important role in times of war.

Vietnam War: Private Frank Baker of the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, hits out in front of villagers watching their first game of cricket near the Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat, South Vietnam, 1967.

Not Just Cricket

Cricket and Australians at War

An exhibition focusing on Australia's involvement in cricket throughout conflicts from the Boer War to Afghanistan.

2018 exhibition

Napier Waller Art Prize 2019 online exhibition

The prestigious Napier Waller Art Prize, held in partnership with the University of Canberra, Thales Australia, The Road Home, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, is open exclusively to current and former Australian Defence Force personnel and received 113 entries in its second year.

This online exhibition presents a shortlist of 26 works from this years’ entries, selected by a panel of art professionals from the Australian War Memorial. All shortlisted artists are eligible for the People’s Choice Award, a cash prize of $5,000.

Art of Nation

Art of Nation

Revisiting the Australian Official War Art scheme

The Art of Nation is a digital interpretation of the earliest plans for the Australian War Memorial and its art collection. Memorial founder, Charles Bean, sketched the design for this building and its grand art gallery in 1919. It showcases the history paintings depicting Australians in the First World War. These works were mostly commissioned from official war artists, who were attached to military units and sketched a record of Australians at war.

This photograph taken by Michael Coleridge in 1967, shows RAAF and American helicopters in the sky and swooping over a rice paddy in South Vietnam as they land troops of the 6th Battalion,

A Walk in the Light Green

I was only 19

This online exhibition focuses on the popular song, I was only 19, which gives a first-person account of an Australian soldier's experience of the Vietnam War. Taking its title from the alternative name for the song, A walk in the light green presents a range of items from the Australian War Memorial’s collection – including items loaned by families involved with the song and a series of interviews ­– in order to flesh out the story behind the song.

Ink in the Lines

Ink in the Lines

The art of tattooing has captured the imagination of many. Where tattoos were once seen as the sign of a sailor or a rebel, they are now widely socially accepted; many Australians, including members of our Defence Forces, wear tattoos.


In Canberra

In Canberra is a project celebrating the cultural holdings of Australia. It is about unearthing, object by object, the vast collection held in Canberra on Australia’s behalf.