Phillip Island may seem an unusual place to find a national museum, but it’s definitely worth a stop. Dedicated to the Australian veterans of the Vietnam War, the collection includes about 6,000 artifacts, including the marbles used in Australia’s conscription lottery, uniforms, vehicles, and weapons. Four new galleries have been developed at the NVVM over the past year or so: a Remembrance Gallery and separate Air, Ground, and Naval Operations galleries. In a revamp of the whole museum, the mezzanine galleries have been rearranged to include exhibition space and a larger exhibit of the Vietnamese story. New interpretative panels have helped give visitors clearer explanations of what they are seeing. The big-ticket item is a Bell AH-IG HueyCobra helicopter gunship, one of only three in Australia, and the museum is also restoring a Canberra bomber, the only surviving example of its kind in the world. There’s a moving audiovisual on Australia’s involvement in the war from 1962 to 1972. You can have a coffee in the Nui Dat Café or buy books and memorabilia from the shop.
National Vietnam Veterans Museum
25 Veterans Dr, Newhaven
Our Rating Hours Wed–Mon 10am–5pm (daily during school holidays) Phone 03/5956 6400 Prices Admission A$12 adults, A$8 children 14 and under, A$30 families of 4 Web site National Vietnam Veterans Museum Other Closed Tues, Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day (Dec 26)
Map25 Veterans Dr, Newhaven Melbourne
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