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. 

A woman wearing skirt-suit, boots and sunglasses reclining in a velour swivel chair on a beach.

Online Exhibition


Online exhibitions and events, archival photos, collection favourites, kids' activities and more.

Open sided prime mover and trailer featuring sign writing 'Royal Mail, LR Tuit, Alice Springs'


Signed, Sealed, Delivered


03 Feb 2021 - 25 Jun 2021

Drawing on the national archival collection, Signed, Sealed, Delivered revisits an era when the post office touched everyone’s lives.

A small Australian marsupial Quokka


Wild West


07 Apr 2021 - 01 Sep 2021

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

Decaying insects


Preschool Storytime


23 Apr 2021 - 25 Jun 2021

Bring your pre-schooler and enjoy some great stories read by our enthusiastic staff.

Black and white photograph of Lydia Janovska sitting in a chair

Touring Exhibition

Spy: Espionage in Australia


08 May 2021 - 25 Jul 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.

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

Touring Exhibition

Out of This World


15 May 2021 - 18 Jul 2021

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,

Edna Lindsay portrait photographs


Curator talk: Underworld


24 Jun 2021

Shady ladies: women of the underworld

Two people standing before the Connections Gallery digital display wall


Holiday Programs


28 Jun 2021 - 02 Jul 2021

Treat the kids to some awesome tales from our collection, then get creative in the craft hub!

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.

Voices gallery


Constitution uncovered


08 Jul 2021

The changing face of Australia is revealed in this exclusive tour of Voices: Federation, democracy and the Constitution.

Marilyn Monroe.


Some Like It Hot


31 Jul 2021

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

AKI MARU - Date of arrival 05/06/1916 [Certificates of Exemption for passengers; includes photographs and hand prints] [20 pages][Box 18]


Primary sources


12 Aug 2021

A seminar for teachers and interested parents.

Ah Num and Ah Tom portrait photograph


Members guided tour


13 Aug 2021

Friday the 13th and returned villains

Archival record storage compactus Photograph by John Gollings 2017


Collect, store and preserve


17 Aug 2021

Come and learn about the work of an archivist as we provide an insight into how we manage the National Archives' collection.

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


Squizzy Taylor


21 Aug 2021

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

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