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The National Anzac Centre is Australia’s new favourite museum, according to TripAdvisor reviewers.

Where to find Australia’s 10 best museums — and top tips for your visit, Herald Sun, 14 September 2016

Australia has a new favourite museum, and it will take your breath away.

Since opening in late 2014, the National Anzac Centre in Albany, Western Australia, has wowed visitors with its spectacular location and impressive displays.

Rave reviews have seen the southern WA attraction skyrocket up the charts in the latest TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, announced this week, knocking 2014 and 2015 winner the National Gallery of Victoria off its pedestal.

“This is a place you must visit. It will take your breath away,” gushed one of the glowing TripAdvisor reviews for the attraction.

The Albany centre led the charge for regional museums, with three of the top 10 located outside of capital cities.

Victoria claimed three of the nation’s top 10 museums. Two went to NSW, two to the NT, and one each to Canberra and Queensland.

The awards are determined using an algorithm that takes into account the quantity and quality of TripAdvisor reviews for museums over a 12-month period.

TripAdvisor spokeswoman Joanne Kershaw urged Australians to make the most of the excellent museums in their own backyard.

“From the National Anzac Centre in Albany to the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah, these museums are enriching and can be both an inspiring and educational experience for all travellers, even for Aussies who don’t live far away.”

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said he was thrilled the centre had been honoured.

“Albany is extremely proud of the National Anzac Centre and the tribute it is to our Anzac heroes,” he said.

“It is a deeply moving and spiritual experience to visit and provides greater insight into what our diggers endured and their bravery during World War I.”

TOP 10 MUSEUMS IN AUSTRALIA

  1. NATIONAL ANZAC CENTRE — ALBANY, WA

Overlooking King George Sound, the museum commemorates the lives of more than 41,000 men and women who set out for war in 1914. It offers visitors a chance to experience WWI by assuming the identities of 32 Anzac-related characters and following their life journeys through a series of interactive exhibits. nationalanzaccentre.com.au

TripAdvisor review tip: “This is a place you must visit. It will take your breath away. Allow at least an hour or more to go through the centre and experience everything. It will take your breath away with the stories you read.”

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