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.


National Archives
National Office
Kings Avenue
Parkes ACT 2600

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  • Daily 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.

A man leaning against the side of a swimming. Two women with children seated under an umbrella.


Holiday program: storytime

07 Jul 2022 - 08 Jul 2022


Join us on an adventure through the Reception This Way exhibition, and learn what holidays in the past were like.

Detail of the Royal Commission of Assent

Guided Tour

Constitution Day Tour

09 Jul 2022


Join us on a tour of our Voices/Dhuniai exhibition to view the original Royal Commission of Assent signed by Queen Victoria that formally enacted the Australian Constitution.

An Act to Constitute the Commonwealth of Australia 9 July 1900, bound with a red ribbon.


Constitution Day forum

09 Jul 2022


This annual National Archives event provides opportunity for discussions about constitutional issues confronting us today. This 2022 Forum features Indigenous speakers discussing constitutional change and recognition.

Motel signage


Holiday program: create and explore

11 Jul 2022 - 15 Jul 2022


Go on a tour of Reception this way: motels – a sentimental journey with Time Ross, focusing on the shapes, colours and aesthetics of Australia’s motel signage.

Young people wearing swimming costumes, leaning on a railing at the El Dorado Motel

Guided Tour

Members – Reception this way

13 Jul 2022


Exclusive to NAA Members. Find out why these images are part of the National Archives’ collection on this curator-led tour.

Man and woman sunbathe on beach chairs on the balcony of the Beachcomber Hotel.


Auslan guided tour

06 Aug 2022


Join an National Archives expert and Auslan interpreter on a tour of Reception this way: motels - a sentimental journey with Tim Ross.

Two women and a man seated at a table under a beach umbrella beside a pool.

Guided Tour

Tour and High Tea

12 Aug 2022


Join the 'Reception this way' curator for a tour and high tea.

A man and woman standing beside a life boat.


Members workshop

17 Aug 2022


Learn how to research your family history and connect with other NAA Members.

COVID-19 safety updates

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

Masks and checking in using Check In CBR are no longer required when you visit us.

Please feel free to wear a mask and/or check-in for your own wellbeing.

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 from 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 weekends 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 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. 

As a COVID-19 health and safety measure, the number of researchers allowed in the Research Centre at once will be capped. While no time limits apply, researchers will be asked to leave the Research Centre between 1 and 1:30 pm while we undertake additional cleaning.

Find out more about the COVID-19 health and safety measures we have put in place. 

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