Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory

Our exhibition galleries and research centre are open.

Address

National Archives
National Office
Kings Avenue
Parkes ACT 2600

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Hours

  • Mon–Sun 9:30am–4:30pm

Research centre hours

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

Phone

02 6212 3600

Announcement

Our research centre is temporarily relocating while we carry out refurbishment works.
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.

Police photograph of two men wearing 1920's business attire.

Guided Tour

Underworld guided tours

Canberra

03 Jul 2021 - 24 Oct 2021

Steal a glimpse into the criminal underworld of the 1920s.

Marilyn Monroe.

Event

Some Like It Hot

Canberra

31 Jul 2021

‘A joyful classic which delivers on comedic value no matter how many times you’ve seen it’ - Empire

Ah Num and Ah Tom portrait photograph

Event

Members guided tour

Canberra

13 Aug 2021

Friday the 13th and returned villains

Squizzy Taylor movie poster featuring Jacki Weaver, Kim Lewis and David Atkins

Event

Squizzy Taylor

Canberra

21 Aug 2021

A stylish and captivating view into Australia’s early crime history.

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

Exhibitions

We have two permanent exhibitions highlighting stories from the collection: Connections / Mura Gadi and Voices / Dhuniai. These exhibitions are open every day of the week from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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 

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.

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

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

Visiting the research centre

Our research centre will be temporarily relocating to Mitchell while we carry out refurbishment works.

The research centre will be open at our usual location at the National Office in Parkes until 4:30 pm Thursday 29 July.

It will be closed on Friday 30 July and Monday 2 August.

The research centre will reopen on Tuesday 3 August at our temporary location in the Peter Durack Building in Mitchell.

We expect to reopen our refurbished research centre at the National Office in Parkes in mid-September.

Please check this page for updates.

Before you visit

You will need to request records at least 5 business days 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.