Containing over 800 objects, photographs, uniforms and works of art to illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations from the 1850s to the present day.
The Galleries are set in a cathedral-like underground chamber beneath the Shrine.
This space contains permanent and special exhibition spaces integrated between the memorial’s original red brick foundation columns.
The vaulted ceiling and handlaid columns create avenues and intimate display spaces, no two of which are the same.
Over 800 objects, photographs, uniforms and works of art illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from the 1850s to the present day. See the evocative Gallipoli landing boat, lay a poppy on the Rolls of Honour or discover untold stories of Victorian service and sacrifice using pieces of family memorabilia rarely seen by the public.
The Galleries are the centrepiece of a $45 million redevelopment project that utilises 1,600 square metres of undercroft space beneath the Shrine, funded by the Victorian Government and the Anzac Centenary Public Fund. The Galleries were officially dedicated and opened to the public on 11 November 2014.
Reviewed 25 June 2020