Exhibitions

View exhibitions and displays currently showing at the National Archives in Canberra and venues around Australia. Find out more about our past exhibitions.

  • Charters of our Nation

    Royal Commission of Assent, 9 July 1900 (detail). (NAA A5137,1)

    See facsimiles of some of Australia’s most significant records – those that record the events leading to Federation and the founding of the Commonwealth of Australia.

    16 October 2017 to 1 December 2018

    Old Parliament House
    18 King George Terrace
    Parkes ACT 2600

  • Facing Two Fronts: the fight for respect

    Front profile portrait
    Joe McGinness' service record ID photograph, 1942. (NAA: B883, DX977)

    Through the lens of military service and the stories of those who served, learn about Indigenous soldiers' fight for social justice.

    This digital exhibition features extraordinary images, stirring video portraits, and original records from the Archives’ Darwin collection and the Northern Territory Archives Service including identification photographs, maps and letters.

    Open Tuesday to Friday, 9am–4.30pm

    9 August 2017 to 31 January 2018

    National Archives of Australia
    Northern Territory Archives Centre
    Kelsey Crescent
    Millner NT 0810

  • A Ticket to Paradise?

    Brian Jonmundsson and his wife Visitacion arrive in Sydney, 1963.
    Brian Jonmundsson and his wife Visitacion arrive in Sydney, 1963. (A12111, 1/1963/4/41)

    Delve into the rich diversity and experiences of post-World War II migrants, and look at promotional campaigns presenting a utopian view of Australia as a welcoming country full of opportunity.

    This exhibition tour is supported by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

    Exhibition development was supported by the Department of Communications and the Arts through Visions of Australia and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program.

    16 September 2017 to 18 February 2018

    Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory
    19 Conacher Street, The Gardens,
    Darwin NT 0801

    Tour schedule

    Opens:
    9 March 2018
    Closes:
    13 May 2018
    Location:
    Museum of Tropical Queensland
    70-102 Flinders St
    Townsville City QLD 4810
    Opens:
    1 June 2018
    Closes:
    14 August 2018
    Location:
    Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder
    17 Hannan Street
    Kalgoorlie WA 6430
    Opens:
    1 September 2018
    Closes:
    13 November 2018
    Location:
    Western Australian Museum – Geraldton
    2 Museum Place, Batavia Coast Marina
    Geraldton WA 6530
    Opens:
    1 December 2018
    Closes:
    25 February 2019
    Location:
    Western Australian Museum – Albany
    Residency Road
    Albany WA 6330
    Opens:
    1 March 2019
    Closes:
    20 May 2019
    Location:
    Western Australian Maritime Museum
    Victoria Quay
    Fremantle WA 6160
  • Without Consent: Australia's past adoption practices

    A crèche at a large maternity hospital, 1954
    A crèche at a large maternity hospital, 1954
    (NAA: A1200, L15678)

    Moving experiences of heartbreak and resilience, shared by people affected by Australia's past adoption practices.

    Visit the Forced Adoptions website to learn more about the effects on mothers, fathers, adopted persons, and others within the family. The website was created by the National Archives of Australia to increase awareness and understanding of forced adoptions. It provides access to research, records and resources, and an opportunity for those affected to contribute their own experiences of forced adoption.

    This project has been assisted by the Department of Social Services.

    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.

    15 December 2017 to 28 February 2018

    Grafton Regional Gallery
    158 Fitzroy Street
    Grafton NSW 2460

    Tour schedule

    Opens:
    15 December 2017
    Closes:
    21 January 2018
    Location:
    Grafton Regional Gallery
    158 Fitzroy Street
    Grafton NSW 2460
    Opens:
    10 February 2018
    Closes:
    8 April 2018
    Location:
    Albury Library Museum
    Corner Kiewa and Swift Streets
    Albury NSW 2640
    Opens:
    20 April 2018
    Closes:
    29 July 2018
    Location:
    Qantas Founders Museum
    Sir Hudson Fysh Drive
    Longreach QLD 4730
  • A Place to Call Home? Migrant hostel memories

    Scheyville Migrant Centre. (NAA: A12111, 2/1957/22A/37)

    Nissen huts, boiled mutton, bottled milk and helping hands.

    Rekindle memories with vivid photographs of life in Australia's migrant hostels.

    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.

    28 March 2018 to 27 May 2018

    Grafton Regional Gallery
    158 Fitzroy St
    Grafton NSW 2460

    Tour schedule

    Opens:
    28 March 2018
    Closes:
    27 May 2018
    Location:
    Grafton Regional Gallery
    158 Fitzroy St
    Grafton NSW 2460
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