Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory

Our galleries and research centre are currently open. Bookings are required to visit.

Address

National Archives
National Office
Kings Avenue
Parkes ACT 2600

Get directions

Hours

  • Mon–Sun 9.30am–4.30pm

Research centre hours

  • Mon–Fri 10am–4.00pm
  • Sat–Sun Closed

Phone

02 6212 3600

COVID-19 safety updates

Our galleries and research centre in Canberra are currently open. Bookings are required to visit. 

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.

Visiting the galleries

The Connections and Voices galleries at our national office are open every day of the week. Bookings are essential. 

We offer two timed daily sessions: 9.30am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–4.30pm. 

To explore our galleries, please make a booking through Eventbrite

Visiting the research centre

You can view original records in our research centre in Canberra. You will need to make a booking to visit.

The research centre is open from 10am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. It is closed on public holidays. 

As a COVID-19 health and safety measure, the number of researchers allowed in the research centre at once is capped.

No time limits apply, but researchers will be asked to leave the research centre from 1.00 to 1.30pm while we perform additional cleaning.

You need to request records in advance and book a time to visit. Please complete an advance request for records online and we will contact you to confirm your research centre booking. Alternatively you can email us at ref@naa.gov.au or call us on 02 6212 3600.

Our orientation services are suspended until further notice. If you have a question about the collection please ask us a question.

Requesting records

We deliver records to the research centre once every weekday.

If you have ordered records before midday, we aim to have them ready to view the next business day.

Requests for records sent after midday will generally be available in 2 business days.

There may be delays during times of high demand or where records have special preservation needs.

More information

Find out more on what to expect during your visit on our research centres page. 

Collection highlights

Our huge collection in Canberra includes:

  • the service records of Australians who served in wars
  • migrant selection documents and naturalisation papers
  • cabinet records and notebooks
  • documents related to Federation
  • records of prime ministers and other national leaders
  • ASIO records
  • records of royal commissions
  • copyright, patent and trademark records
  • records on most other activities the Australian Government has been involved with. 

Visitor information

Entry

Entry to the National Archives of Australia is free. When you arrive at reception, please check the following items into the cloak room:

  • large bags
  • umbrellas
  • camera tripods

Food and drinks are not permitted in our galleries or research centre. 

Wi-fi access

Free wi-fi is available for visitors.

Galleries

Our national office has two permanent galleries showcasing stories from the collection: Connections and Voices.

We also host temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

Cafe Constitution

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 our records or an exhibition.

Onsite accessibility

People who use a wheelchair can access the National Archives through either the Kings Avenue or Western Carpark entrance. 

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

Getting here

Car parking

There is plenty of long-stay pay parking just west of the National Archives building, including accessible parking and motorcycle parking.

You can enter the carpark from Queen Victoria Terrace.

Pay with your credit card at one of the ticket machines. Parking fees are set by the National Capital Authority. 

Buses

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

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
Kingston
ACT 2604