Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory

Our Australian Capital Territory Office is located on the land of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples.

We are open to the public every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day.


National Archives
National Office

Kings Avenue
Parkes ACT 2600

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  • Mon–Fri 9 am–5 pm
  • Sat–Sun 9 am–5 pm

Research centre hours

  • Mon–Fri 9:30 am–4:30 pm
  • 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.

Marion Baker: Tjukula Itilkira Itilkira, acrylic on linen

Holiday workshop

Natural Science Art holiday program

08 Jul 2024 - 17 Jul 2024


Young artists are invited to join us for a tour of Waterhouse Natural Science Art Competition and create their own natural science artwork.

Mel Brown with her new book Shades of Me


Mel Brown in conversation with Dianne Collins

13 Jul 2024


Join us for NAIDOC week to celebrate with Mel Brown, Australian author as she launches her new book, Shades of Me.

Doctor Shinho Matsuo


Picturing Perth's multicultural past

17 Jul 2024


Discover the immigration records that have recently been digitised, that reveal the cultural diversity of early 20th-century Perth.

A class of young children gathered around a teacher seated at a piano shaking her hands.


Murrulangalang story time

24 Jul 2024 - 21 Aug 2024


Join us for a fun interactive session of songs, stories and more for your early learners.

3 Antarctic explorers looking at a small penguin.


Exploring the Antarctic photography collection

14 Aug 2024


Join us for a fascinating webinar on the history and photographic record of Australian Antarctic exploration.

East Block Offices


Historic East Block tour

22 Aug 2024


Discover the fascinating history of our National Office building in Canberra.

People walk over autum leaves beside East Block, Canberra.


National Triangle gems

18 Nov 2024


Enjoy history, architecture and autumn leaves on this walking tour between National Archives and the High Court of Australia.

COVID-19 safety updates

The National Archives manages its COVID-19 requirements based on ACT Health COVID-19 guidelines.

If you are feeling unwell, please postpone your visit. We would love to see you when you are feeling better.

We appreciate your patience and support as we work through this together.

Visitor information


We have 2 permanent exhibitions highlighting stories from the collection: Connections / Mura gadi and Voices / Dhuniai.  

All exhibitions are open daily except Good Friday and Christmas Day. Opening hours are 9 am to 5 pm.


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. 

Cafe Constitution is open weekdays from 8 am to 3:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2:30 pm. Hours are subject to change – please contact the cafe on 0456 962 851 before visiting to confirm opening and closing times.  

Research Centre

Our Research Centre is open Monday to Friday except Good Friday and Christmas Day. Opening hours are 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. 

You will need to request records to view and book a time to visit in advance. Please complete an advance request for records and we will contact you to confirm your booking. Alternatively, you can email us or call on 02 6212 3600.  

At this time, we are only accepting visits to view records. If you have a query about the collection, please ask us a question online. 

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 car park at the National Archives' main entrance is PAID parking 7 days a week. This includes disability parking spots. See Wilson Parking.

The large car park at the National Archives' rear entrance is PAID parking from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm 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