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.

The National Archives of Australia may best be described as the memory of our nation – collecting and preserving Australian Government records that reflect our history and identity.

The collection traces events and decisions that have shaped the nation and the lives of Australians. Visitors are welcome to explore our collection, online or in person, to learn more.

As well as preserving Australian history, the National Archives plays a key role in helping to ensure the Australian Government and its departments are effective and accountable to the people.

You can find the Archives' National Office by entering through the main entrance on Kings Avenue, Parkes. The Resource Centre, exhibition galleries, Cafe Constitution and Archives Store are located on the main floor.

Please Note: As a precaution to help mitigate the risk posed by the COVID-19 , we have temporarily ceased all public program activities including tours and school visits.

We will advise of any changes via our website, and on our social media channels.

  • National Archives of Australia main entrance
    National Archives of Australia main entrance
  • Connections Gallery Digital Wall
    Connections Gallery Digital Wall
  • Connections Gallery
    Connections Gallery
  • Spy: espionage in Australia exhibition entrance
    Spy: espionage in Australia exhibition entrance
  • Cafe Constitution
    Cafe Constitution
  • Visitors at the Archives' Reading Room in Canberra during Enlighten Festival 2018
    Visitors at the Archives' Reading Room in Canberra during Enlighten Festival 2018
  • Visitors in the Charters of our Nation gallery at Enlighten Festival 2018
    Visitors in the Charters of our Nation gallery at Enlighten Festival 2018
  • Commonwealth ofAustralia Constitution Act 1900 (UK)
    Commonwealth ofAustralia Constitution Act 1900 (UK)
  • 50,000th Dutch migrant arrives in Australia aboard the ship Sibajak. NAA: A12111, 1/1954/4/53
    50,000th Dutch migrant arrives in Australia aboard the ship Sibajak. NAA: A12111, 1/1954/4/53

DETAILS

OPENING HOURS

Exhibition Galleries: 9am - 5pm daily except Christmas Day and Good Friday. Reading Room: 9am - 5pm on weekdays except Public Holidays.

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 #34 of 223 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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