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.

Black and white photograph of Lydia Janovska sitting in a chair

Touring Exhibition

Spy: Espionage in Australia


23 Jan 2021 - 26 Apr 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.

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.

School holiday programs.


Waterhouse Holiday Programs


12 Apr 2021 - 16 Apr 2021

These school holidays, discover the joys of nature through art and craft.

Perth General Post Office and the street showing parked cars and people crossing


WA Office Open Day


17 Apr 2021

Join us for an exciting open day at our WA Office, focusing on the history of the General Post Office building and Forrest Place.

Bride and Groom


War Brides


20 Apr 2021

The stories of WWI and WWII war brides in the National Archives.

Still from The Birds (1963).


The Birds


24 Apr 2021

What happens when the natural world starts fighting back? Enjoy the thrills of this Alfred Hitchcock classic.

A domestic cat lounging on a stack of books


Animals in the Archives

06 May 2021

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

Attempting to grasp water artwork by Lan Nguyen-hoan


Lan Nguyen-hoan talk


09 May 2021

Hear about the practice of Canberra artist Lan Nguyen-hoan, creator of 'Attempting to grasp water…with one hand..with two hands.'

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,

Coast Banksia, by Cathy Franzi


Cathy Franzi talk


16 May 2021

Hear from artist Cathy Franzi about the process of creating her artwork, 'Coast Banskia.'

A Requiem for Insects, by Rosie Armstrong


Rosie Armstrong talk


23 May 2021

Local artist Rosie Armstrong discusses the inspiration and artistic techniques behind her work 'A Requiem for Insects.'

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