School visits

Students visit the Memory of a Nation exhibition at the National Archives, Canberra 2011

The National Archives is the perfect destination for Year 5 to 12 students studying 20th Century Australian History and Civics and Citizenship.

Take an hour-long, educator-led program through our permanent exhibition, Memory of a Nation. You'll see photographs, video footage, paper documents, objects and key documents of Federation, including the Australian Constitution and Royal Commission of Assent.

Plan your visit

Educator-led learning experiences

Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm

Length of program

One hour

Group size

Preferred size is 45 students, with a maximum of 60 students per one-hour time slot

What to expect

After an introduction your school group will be split into groups of about 15 students to more easily navigate the exhibition. Each smaller group will be led by a member of the education team

Special needs

Please contact our education staff

Bookings essential

Tel: (02) 6212 3691 or email:


$2.50 per student. Accompanying teachers, adults and coach staff are free


Queen Victoria Terrace, just behind Old Parliament House, Parkes, in Canberra. View map

Group arrival

Bus parking is conveniently located at the side of the building. Education staff will meet your group


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No photography is permitted in the exhibition spaces due to copyright and conservation restrictions

Food and drink

Not allowed in the exhibition


Leave backpacks on the bus wherever possible

Old Parliament House Gardens

The gardens across the road from the National Archives are a great place to enjoy a break between programs. Toilet facilities are available

Education brochure

Please view our education brochure (PDF, 1.2MB)

Further information

Tel: (02) 6212 3691 or email:

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