Events and exhibitions

The National Archives runs events all over the country and online.

Join us for talks, workshops and exhibitions that showcase our remarkable collection.

You can also visit the permanent galleries at our national office in Canberra. 

Connections gallery


Connections / Mura gadi


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

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.

A small Australian marsupial Quokka


Wild West


07 Apr 2021 - 25 Jan 2022

Discover stories of encounters with shy numbats, graceful black swans and cute quokkas.

File of papers 'Red Flag'


The Red Flag Riots


01 Jun 2021 - 01 Dec 2021

The banning of the red flag in 1918 led to serious riots in Brisbane and other Queensland towns.

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

Guided Tour

Underworld guided tours


03 Jul 2021 - 24 Oct 2021

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

Black and white photograph of Lydia Janovska sitting in a chair

Touring Exhibition

Spy: Espionage in Australia


14 Aug 2021 - 17 Oct 2021

Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia. Developed in partnership with ASIO.

Smoke rising from an aircraft crash site in North Melbourne 1943


North Melbourne Air Crash


21 Sep 2021

In 1943, a morale-boosting display of RAAF aerial manoeuvres ended in tragedy. Discover this fascinating story.

A domestic cat lounging on a stack of books


Animals in the Archives

23 Sep 2021

Encounter the pets, the pests and the public service animals that can be found in the National Archives of Australia’s collection.

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

Touring Exhibition

Out of This World

St Helens

01 Oct 2021 - 09 Jan 2022

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

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