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.

Address

National Archives
National Office
Kings Avenue
Parkes ACT 2600

Get directions

Hours

  • Daily 9 am–5 pm

Research centre hours

  • Mon–Fri 9:30 am–4:30 pm
  • Sat–Sun Closed

Phone

02 6212 3600

Announcement

Cafe Constitution will be closed on the following weekends: 8 to 9 October, and 15 to 16 October. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Voices Gallery National Archives of Australia.

Exhibition

Voices / Dhuniai

Canberra

Visit the Voices exhibition to take a journey through the history of the Australian Constitution and the rights and freedoms it guarantees.

Connections gallery

Exhibition

Connections / Mura gadi

Canberra

The Connections exhibition reflects surprising and important connections between Australians and their government.

'Bioregional Rings' by Kyoko Hashimoto and Guy Keulemans.

Guided Tour

Guided tours: Waterhouse

16 Sep 2022 - 13 Nov 2022

Canberra

Join an Archives team member to delve into the stunning artworks on display this year for the 'Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize'.

Artwork by Carole Bann - Billions

Event

Art at the Archives

16 Sep 2022 - 13 Nov 2022

Canberra

An art workshop and tour of the Waterhouse exhibition.

Detail of 'Tree of Life, unsuccessful species' by Martin King.

Event

Members tour: Waterhouse

12 Oct 2022

Canberra

Come and enjoy an exclusive members tour of our spring exhibition: 2022 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.

Portrait photo of Eki Nishioka

Event

Pioneers and pearlers

13 Oct 2022

Online

An online seminar presented by the National Archives Western Australia Office. Stories of Japanese men and women who migrated to the northern towns of Western Australia from the late nineteenth century. 

Detail of 'Notes on Chenopodium erosum + Spyridium fontis-woodii' by Louise Flaherty Laura Wills.

Workshop

Watercolour and wine

21 Oct 2022

Canberra

Enjoy an evening of wine, canapes and art at the National Archives!

Composite image

Event

Honouring stories of struggle

21 Oct 2022

Canberra

A Documenting Australian Society Symposium. Honouring stories of struggle: reassessing Australian records of disadvantage.

Image by John Gollings 2017

Guided Tour

Preservation Facility members tour

28 Oct 2022

Canberra

A behind the scenes tour of our purpose-built preservation facility.

Detail of 'Knowledge Sprouts' by Kate Shierlaw.

Event

Blind and vision impaired tour

28 Oct 2022

Canberra

Join us for a unique, multi-sensory experience of the upcoming 2022 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition.

Giant squid attacking a submarine from the '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' poster

Event

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

29 Oct 2022

Canberra

National Archives is offering a special screening of the 1954 cult classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!

'Oxytocin' by Yvette Tziallas

Event

Auslan guided tour

05 Nov 2022

Canberra

Join an archives team member and Auslan interpreter to delve into the artworks on display in the 2022 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.

A Dutch woman and her son walking on a beach sand.

Event

Dutch–Australian shared histories

07 Nov 2022

Online

A webinar introducing the broad range of Dutch-Australian records in the National Archives collection. Advice will be provided on how to access them online.

National Archives preservation facility external corner detail of precast concrete panels

Guided Tour

Design Canberra: Behind the scenes

11 Nov 2022 - 18 Nov 2022

Canberra

A Design Canberra Festival special access tour of the National Archives Preservation Facility in Mitchell Canberra.

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

Exhibitions 

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 

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

    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