COVID-19 safety updates
Our exhibitions and research centre in Canberra are open.
When you arrive please check in using the Check In CBR app. If you don't have a smartphone or can't use the app, our staff can check you in.
Masks are optional. 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.
Visit our exhibitions and cafe
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.
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.
Free wi-fi is available for visitors.
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.
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:
PO Box 4924