Opened on the 1st of November 2014 by the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand, The National Anzac Centre is an award-winning facility that uses multimedia, interactive technology and historical artefacts to create a deeply personal connection with the past, as well as pay tribute to those who served. The interpretive content that forms part of the interactive experience was developed by the Western Australian Museum and the Australian War Memorial and is delivered via a series of interactive visual and audible displays. The experience is known for commemorating the war through the stories of the ANZACs as opposed to telling its own story via pro-war or anti-war sentiments.
The centre combines traditional museum display and exhibition techniques with highly interactive, multi-media content. To navigate and interpret this content visitors assume the identity of one of 32 actual service men or women, and follow their experience of the Great War: from recruitment, through training and embarkation, ship-board life on the convoys, the conflicts at Gallipoli, the middle east and the Western Front and for those lucky enough to survive, their return home and the difficulties they faced adjusting back into normal society.
In 2016 the National Anzac Centre was named Number 1 Musuem in Australia by TripAdvisor.
The National Anzac Centre is open every day of the year including all public holidays (except Christmas Day) between 9am and 5pm with last entry at 4pm. It is recommended to allow at least 2 hours for the experience.
Adults - $25.00
Concession - $21.00
First Child (5-15 years old) - $11.00
Every child thereafter - $6.00
Children under 5 years - Free
Visitors can access Princess Royal Fortress displays and buildings in the grounds surrouding the National Anzac Centre free of charge. These buildings are open between 9am and 5pm every day of the year (except Christmas Day).
The grounds of the Princess Royal Fortress surrounding the National Anzac Centre are accessible 24 hours per day (car park is locked at 9pm but grounds can still be accessed via foot after this time). Other monuments and memorials located throughout the Albany Heritage Park are also accessible 24 hours per day.