National Archives of Australia

National Archives of Australia

Please note, while restrictions put in place to respond to COVID-19 are easing, there may be some changes to business-as-usual to keep workers and visitors safe. Please contact the business for the most up to date information, including opening times and social distancing measures.

Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience at the National Archives of Australia – the memory of our nation.

Located in the historic East Block in Canberra’s parliamentary triangle, enjoy unique exhibitions in this heritage listed space. Trace the events and decisions that have shaped our nation, learn intriguing stories from Australian history, or make your own discoveries on our interactive digital wall.

After the exhibition, enjoy a coffee and delicious cake in Cafe Constitution.

Original records from the national archival collection can be viewed in our Research Centre. Simply pre-order your records online, then book a time to visit.

Can’t make it in person? Check out our terrific online exhibitions and resources for a taste of the National Archives.

The National Archives strictly adheres to health and safety guidelines. Please visit our website for up to date information.
  • Connections Gallery digital wall
    Connections Gallery digital wall
  • Voices Gallery at the National Archives of Australia
    Voices Gallery at the National Archives of Australia
  • Connections Gallery
    Connections Gallery
  • Cafe Constitution
    Cafe Constitution

DETAILS

OPENING HOURS

Exhibition Galleries: 9:30am - 4:30pm daily except Christmas Day and Good Friday

COSTS

Free

ACCESSIBILITY

Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times.

Location

National Archives of Australia

Kings Avenue, East Block, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Features

Cafe

Carpark

Family Friendly

Parents Room

Reviews

TripAdvisor traveller rating

BASED ON 134 REVIEWS

Ranked #33 of 224 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor

“Not a must do”

Reviewed on 19/12/2020

While interesting and well presented as far as canberra attractions go this one is a long way down the list. Only visit if you have done everything else first or are doing specific research.

Review by

sagreatdan

“Excellent”

Reviewed on 09/12/2020

I surprising find, first visit but will include on all future Canberra trips.
Excellent rotating and permanent displays, fabulous staff, and a great cafe.

Review by

keinbahboys

“Loved the SPY exhibition”

Reviewed on 03/03/2020

Really enjoyed the SPY exhibition, was very interesting, well set out and some great interactive experiences. Lovely building and very nice set up.

Review by

Wendy C

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