Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory

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

Our exhibitions will reopen on 1 November. Our research centre is currently closed.


National Archives
National Office
Kings Avenue
Parkes ACT 2600

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  • Mon–Fri 9:30 am – 4:30 pm


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.

COVID-19 safety updates

Our exhibitions in Canberra will reopen on 1 November. Bookings are required to visit. 

Masks are mandatory. You will also need to check in using Check In CBR.  

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 two permanent exhibitions highlighting stories from the collection: Connections / Mura gadiand Voices / Dhuniai.  

Our temporary exhibition, Underworld: mugshots from the roaring twenties, is showing until 21 November 2021.  

All exhibitions are open Monday to Friday with 2 timed daily sessions: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  

Bookings are essential. 


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 Monday to Friday from 8 am to 3:30 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 closed while we prepare it for a COVIDSafe reopening. 

Check back here and follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn for updates. Online reference enquiries are welcome anytime.  

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