Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory

Our exhibitions and research centre are closed until further notice.


National Archives
National Office
Kings Avenue
Parkes ACT 2600

Get directions


  • Mon–Sun 9:30am–4:30pm

Research centre hours

  • Mon–Fri 9:30am–4:30pm
  • Sat–Sun Closed


02 6212 3600
Voices Gallery National Archives of Australia.


Voices / Dhuniai


Visit the Voices exhibition to take a journey through the history of the Australian Constitution and the rights and freedoms it guarantees.

Connections gallery


Connections / Mura gadi


The Connections exhibition reflects surprising and important connections between Australians and their government.

Police photograph of two men wearing 1920's business attire.

Guided Tour

Underworld guided tours


03 Jul 2021 - 24 Oct 2021

Steal a glimpse into the criminal underworld of the 1920s.

COVID-19 safety updates

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, our exhibitions and research centre are closed until further notice. 

Please check this page for updates. 

Visit our exhibitions and cafe


We have two permanent exhibitions highlighting stories from the collection: Connections / Mura Gadi and Voices / Dhuniai. These exhibitions are open every day of the week from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

We also host temporary exhibitions throughout the year. 

Entry to our exhibitions is free. We offer a cloaking service for large bags. 

We are closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.


Cafe Constitution offers great coffee and meals in a beautiful light-filled space at the heart of the National Archives. It's the perfect place to relax after checking out an exhibition.

Open from Monday to Sunday, 8 am to 3:30 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 2 pm on weekends.

Onsite accessibility

People who use a wheelchair can access the National Archives through the main entrance on Kings Avenue or through the rear entrance facing the Western Carpark entrance. 

There are accessible toilets on the ground floor of the building.

Wi-fi access

Free wi-fi is available for visitors.

Getting here

Car parking

There are long-stay car parks on either side of the National Archives building.

The small carpark at the National Archives' main entrance is PAID parking seven days a week. This includes disability parking spots. See Wilson Parking.

The large carpark at the National Archives' rear entrance is PAID parking from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, and FREE on weekends. See parking fees set by the National Capital Authority. 

Both the main entrance and the rear entrance to the National Archives building are wheelchair-friendly.

The ticket machines accept payment by credit card or coins, or you can pay via the appropriate app. 


Parking map


The National Archives is served by several regular bus routes. 

The closest stops are at:

  • Barton Bus Station (National Circuit)
  • John Gorton Building (Parkes Place)
  • Federation Mall near Parliament House

Please check the Transport Canberra website for current route maps and timetables, or phone 13 17 10.


Taxis can pick up and drop off passengers near the Kings Avenue entrance to the building.

Quote ‘National Archives of Australia, Parkes’ as the location.

Taxi companies in Canberra include:

Postal address

PO Box 4924
ACT 2604

Visiting the research centre

Our research centre has temporarily relocated to the Peter Durack Building in Mitchell while we carry out refurbishment works. 

Visit the research centre