The National Capital Exhibition tells the Story of Canberra as the capital city of Australia. Canberra is unique in design and innovative in the history of town planning by being the result of a worldwide competition. The winners of that competition, Walter and Marion Griffin, presented a design where the built and the natural landscapes have equal importance. They designed a city that fits in between landmarks and remains in scale with humans.
The exhibition entrance is straight on and the pathways are wide. The area is level, being all on one floor.
Disabled parking access: There are 3 accessible spaces approximately 200m from the main entrance of the facility.
Accessible payment facilities: The exhibitions are free
Accessibility aware staff: Staff are all trained, very helpful, have an inclusive attitude.
Booking: are not required.
Assistance animals: are welcome, with watering facilities located outside the front entrance.
Accessible public transport nearby: It is a 6-minute walk to the nearest bus stop on Commonwealth Avenue. However, coaches and private buses can park within 100m.General accessibility features:
Mobility accessibility features:
- Wheelchair accessible rooms
- Assistance animal welcome
- Accessible public transport nearby
- Accessible payment and other interactive facilities
- Accessibility aware and friendly staff
- Additional equipment available on request
- Level or ramp access to front entrance
- Paths wide and not slippery
- Level door threshold
- Straight and wide approach throughout
- Automatic or easy open doors
- Wide aisles and walkways
- Lowered accessible counters
- Sufficient clearance for wheelchairs under tables
- Wheelchair hire available
- Bathroom - accessible sink
- Bathroom - accessible soap
- Bathroom - accessible hand dryer
- Accessible toilet
- Toilet - accessible grab rails
- Toilet - accessible toilet flush
Many of the displays, exhibition pieces, digital screens are designed to be wheelchair accessible with heights ranging from 680mm to 740mm. Certain screens are also angled for better access. A lot of the exhibitions have seating in front of them for those with limited mobility.
The children's area was designed with accessible tables. They have wheels on each of the legs which can be maneuvered if required. The width between the legs of these tables is 470mm, the height from the bottom of the table to the floor is 540mm.
The theatre contains removable chairs within the front row to allow for wheelchair accessibility and a front row view.
There is clear signage denoting accessible parking facilities and the bathroom.
A wheelchair is available for patrons to use if needed.
Accessible bathroom facilities:
- Turn space: the room is 2750 by 1740mm. The circulation is adequate for an 18 inch wheelchair.
- Easy open door: The door can be open and closed at the push of a button. The button is approximately 900mm wide and is located to the right of the door. The door width is 840mm allowing for plenty of room.
Vision accessibility features:
- Grab rails: There are grab rails behind and to the left-hand side of the toilet. They are approximately 800mm above the ground.
- Sink: The sink is accessible and is located 630mm above the ground.
- Soap: The manual soap dispenser is approximately 900mm above the ground.
- Bathroom mirrors: The mirror is 900mm above the ground and is fixed to the wall
- Paper Towels: A shelf holding paper towels is located to the right of the sink, 900mm above the ground.
- Audio description services
- Sufficient lighting
- No overhanging or protruding signage or other obstacles
The area contains wide walkways that are unobstructed.
Service/product descriptions available online: text and image-based website containing location, opening hours and contact details.
A lot of the exhibition pieces are designed to be inclusive and are either tactile and/or have audio features.
Textured/coloured flooring: the flooring is carpeted.
There is sufficient lighting throughout, each of the exhibition pieces contain additional lighting.Hearing accessibility features:
- Hearing loop or infrared assisted listening system
- Sufficient lighting (to enable lip reading and facial cues)
Sufficient lighting: lighting is sufficient through the exhibition to allow for lip reading and facial cues. The exhibition pieces contain additional lighting.
Hearing loops: available to use upon request and in the theatre subtitles are available in 7 languages.Intellectual/Social Information:
Autism/Sensory accessibility features:
- Certain exhibition pieces are tactile
- Certain displays are audio and visual
- Quiet room or space