School visits

Students viewing a piece of vellum in the Voices exhibition.

Students viewing a piece of vellum in the Voices exhibition.

Reasons to choose the National Archives for your school visit

The National Archives of Australia is a fantastic cultural resource and an approved alternative Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) destination.

Onsite programs at the National Archives are aligned to the Australian Curriculum (Civics and Citizenship, Humanities and Social Sciences, History, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History and Culture), suitable for primary and secondary groups and delivered in two exhibitions rich with original objects and digital interactives.

Five reasons to visit the National Archives with your students:

  1. View the original Australian Constitution in our Voices / Dhuniai exhibition. 
  2. Engage with state-of-the art digital technology in our Connections / Mura Gadi exhibition. Students interact with our massive digital wall to uncover stories behind archival records.
  3. Develop source analysis skills. Our presenters encourage students to look at authentic archival records like historians. 
  4. Uncover diverse voices and perspectives. Students view records created by First Nations activists and learn the stories of migrants impacted by the White Australia policy. 
  5. Encourage active citizenship. Students think critically about past events and decisions and consider the role they might play in the future of our democracy.

Book a school visit

To book a school visit please use the Book Canberra Excursions website.

Plan your visit

We look forward to welcoming your school to the National Archives.

Program duration: 60 minutes

Availability: Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 4:30pm

Group size: Maximum of 45 students per group with a required ratio of one adult per 15 students

Cost: $5.00 per student. Accompanying teachers, adults and coach staff are free. Check whether you are eligible for a rebate through PACER.

Cancellation: Please read our cancellation policy.

COVID-19: To to stop the spread of Covid-19, please practice good hand hygiene and postpone your visit if you are unwell. Hand sanitiser is installed in the exhibition spaces for you to use during your program.

Location: Kings Avenue, Parkes, just behind Old Parliament House. The entrance and bus parking are located on the Kings Avenue side of the building.

Safety information: View our risk assessmentCommonwealth Child Safe Framework Statement of Compliance, and certificate of currency. All staff working with children hold a Working with Vulnerable People registration.

Etiquette: To protect the National Archives’ collection, we do not permit food, drink or flash photography in the exhibition spaces. Please leave backpacks on the bus. Read our code of behaviour.

Contact us: For special needs or further queries, contact

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