Events and exhibitions

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.

Cities and towns - Sydney - William Street - Kings Cross at night, photographed by J.Fitzpatrick.

Guided Tour

Guided tour of Focus

Canberra

Explore the rich photographic history preserved in our collection with a free guided tour of Focus: Australian government photographers.

A view from beneath trees in autumn of people standing beside East Block building.

Guided Tour

Spies, stories and spaces

29 Feb 2024 - 20 Oct 2024

Canberra

Explore the history of the heritage-listed East Block, a classic 1920s Canberra gem that is home to National Archives of Australia.

Three women standing on a sandstone cliff above the ocean dressed in futuristic fashion.

Touring Exhibition

Out of this world

01 Mar 2024 - 26 May 2024

Geraldton

See how the space age captured the imagination of a nation and its people, from mid-century fashion to early satellites and rocket playgrounds.

Family dining by the motel pool.

Touring Exhibition

Reception this way

23 Mar 2024 - 14 Jul 2024

Newcastle

Travel around Australia revisiting your memories of the classic Aussie motel.

Protesters holding signs and banners.

Exhibition

Disrupt, persist, invent

20 Apr 2024 - 11 Aug 2024

Adelaide

Australia, home of the 'fair go'. But is it really the free and fair place you'd hope for? What can we change?

Children jumping from rocks into the sea.

Exhibition

Sea to suburbia

14 May 2024 - 28 Nov 2025

Perth

Australian government photographers capturing the people, places and daily life of Western Australia over 4 decades.

Darwin School - Kindergarten Children [listening to a story]

Event

Reconciliation storytime

27 May 2024 - 31 May 2024

Canberra

Join us while we read First Nations stories and use clay to build your own bunyip.

School children presenting a petition outside Parliament House to Prime Minister Bob Hawke, who is with Bill Hayden, Senator Tate and media.

Event

Power to the people

28 May 2024

Adelaide

Explore citizen activism through petitions held in the national archival collection.

Voices/Dhuniai exhibition

Members

Curator's guide to Voices / Dhuniai

30 May 2024

Canberra

Enjoy a curator-led tour of our permanent exhibition Voices/Dhuniai exploring the theme Now More Than Ever

A class of young children gathered around a teacher seated at a piano shaking her hands.

Event

Murrulangalang story time

05 Jun 2024 - 03 Jul 2024

Canberra

Join us for a fun interactive session of songs, stories and more for your early learners.

Portrait photo of Mrs Maria Costa Cardoso from her medical examination file for persons applying to migrate to Australia 1961.

Event

Viagens: Portuguese migration to Australia

10 Jun 2024

Brisbane

Join us on Portugal Day, as we explore the fascinating history of Portuguese migration to Australia.

8 children standing beside their parents beside a train carriage.

Members

Researching family history

13 Jun 2024

Online

Interested in finding more about your family’s history?

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Event

The great archival challenge

18 Jun 2024 - 21 Jun 2024

Brisbane

How well do you remember past Australian personalities and events?

Immigration - Migrants in employment in Australia - Glasgow born Patricia Graham takes thousands of photographs a week, yet she rarely sees the results.

Guided Tour

Behind the scenes: repository tour

20 Jun 2024

Perth

Unlock the mysteries behind the national archival collection with this free behind-the-scenes glimpse inside the repository in Belmont.

David Braun: The Brolgas Return (detail), ink drawing

Members preview

Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

25 Jun 2024

Canberra

Join us for refreshments and a member’s only preview of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition.

 Manufacture of tractors in Australia - Chamberlain Industries - Advertising poster

Event

Posters through time

25 Jun 2024

Adelaide

What stories or secrets can posters reveal from events of their time?

Cover The Silver River

Event

Jim Moginie in conversation with Catherine McGregor AM

07 Jul 2024

Canberra

Join Jim Moginie, founding member of the legendary band Midnight Oil, as he discusses his new memoir, The Silver River.

People walk over autum leaves beside East Block, Canberra.

Event

National Triangle gems

18 Nov 2024

Canberra

Enjoy history, architecture and autumn leaves on this walking tour between National Archives and the High Court of Australia.