Exhibitions

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

  • The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2014

    Tom Moore, Sapling Spine, blown and solid glass, wood.

    See nature through the eyes of the artist with the winning and highly commended artworks from The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2014.

    This prestigious exhibition is an annual favourite at the Archives, the only venue outside Adelaide to host the works.

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    26 September 2014 to 9 November 2014

    National Archives of Australia
    Queen Victoria Terrace
    Parkes ACT

  • Banned

    Banned Logo

    The National Archives in Canberra has updated its café with a new display on banned books. Read about the secret history of Australian censorship as you sip your coffee.

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    On permanent display

    Open daily from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas and Good Friday)

    National Archives of Australia
    Queen Victoria Terrace
    Parkes ACT 2600

  • Discovering Mildenhall’s Canberra

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    A game of bowls at Hotel Canberra, 1926.  
    (NAA: A3560, 2691)

    Discovering Mildenhall's Canberra is an display of photographs capturing the construction of the national capital.

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    On permanent display

    Open daily from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas and Good Friday)

    National Archives of Australia
    Queen Victoria Terrace
    Parkes ACT 2600

  • Memory of a Nation

    Students from Launceston Church Grammar School explore Memory of a Nation at the National Archives in Canberra

    Discover the events and the people – both ordinary and extraordinary – who have shaped this nation. Regularly updated to include new exhibits and interactives.

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    On permanent display

    Open daily from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas and Good Friday)

    National Archives of Australia
    Queen Victoria Terrace
    Parkes ACT 2600

  • Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience

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    Sledging practice, Cape Denison, Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1912. Photographer: Frank Hurley. (NAA: M584, 12)

    Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience celebrates the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Douglas Mawson in 1911–14 and charts Australian involvement in, and fascination with, Antarctica up to the present day.

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    20 September 2014 to 1 November 2014

    Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum 
    Cnr Goondoon & Bramston Streets 
    Gladstone QLD 4680

    Tour schedule

    Opens:
    5 July 2014
    Closes:
    7 September 2014
    Location:
    Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
    1 Barolin Street
    Bundaberg QLD 4670
    Opens:
    20 September 2014
    Closes:
    1 November 2014
    Location:
    Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
    Cnr Goondoon & Bramston Streets
    Gladstone QLD 4680
    Opens:
    6 December 2014
    Closes:
    1 February 2015
    Location:
    Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
    166 Old Maryborough Road
    Pialba QLD 4655
    Opens:
    14 February 2015
    Closes:
    22 March 2015
    Location:
    Grafton Regional Gallery
    158 Fitzroy Street
    Grafton NSW 2460

Federation Gallery

Special viewing dates

Our Federation Gallery contains some of Australia's most significant documents – those that record the founding of the Commonwealth of Australia. We like to refer to these as the 'birth certificates' of our nation.

The seven items in the gallery include the original Constitution Act passed by the British Parliament and the Royal Commission of Assent signed by Queen Victoria on 9 July 1900. They also include documents that record later changes to Australia's Constitution.

The National Archives is committed to ensuring the future survival of this material as well as encouraging and facilitating Australians' access to the documents.

New preservation research techniques measure the impact of light on documents. We balance the documents' future conservation needs with the public's right to access. We now open the gallery for special public viewing days, and for group and school bookings.

Special viewing:

October long weekend (Labour Day)
Saturday 4 – Monday 6 October

Boxing Day
Friday 26 December

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