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 portrait photo of Kojiro Mise [Japanese] from his Application for certificate of exemption from dictation test.


Lasting impressions

07 Feb 2022 - 31 Oct 2022


An exhibition revealing the stories of individuals and families who lived through the White Australia Policy in the early 20th century.

An engineering drawing detail of a machine for mincing prickly pear cactus into fodder.


Patents, trademarks and designs

15 Feb 2022 - 15 Feb 2023


A small exhibition of the history of Australian patent submissions, trademarks and designs at the Queensland State Office, Brisbane.

Black and white photograph of Lydia Janovska sitting in a chair

Touring Exhibition

Spy: Espionage in Australia

19 Feb 2022 - 29 May 2022


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

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

Touring Exhibition

Out of this world

01 Apr 2022 - 17 Jul 2022

North Melbourne

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

Motel at Oakleigh on the Princes Highway, Victoria Citation: NAA: A1500, K4341


Members preview

25 May 2022


Join us for an early evening tour of our new exhibition 'Reception this way: motels – a sentimental journey with Tim Ross'.

Detail of Everett Luke Sumner's soldier's pay book.


Tracking family

26 May 2022


Track down Aboriginal family history information from a variety of public records.

Photograph of Sallay Tin Abdullah from his identification card.


Stories of crime

27 May 2022


From murder and mayhem to robberies and espionage.

Family dining by the motel pool.


Reception this way

27 May 2022 - 04 Sep 2022


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

Tim Ross in front of a motel.


MOTEL Live Show

27 May 2022 - 28 May 2022


MOTEL. Live show. Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst.

A woman in sunglasses smells a pink begonia.


Researching places: Ballarat

28 May 2022


Join Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia as we share our Ballarat resources with you.

Portrait of Pat Turner


Dr Mickey Dewar oration

31 May 2022


The National Archives' Dr Mickey Dewar Oration celebrates the life and work of Northern Territory historian Dr Dewar.

A woman standing beside a projected image on a table

Guided Tour

Members tour – Voices

02 Jun 2022


Join a guided tour and take a journey through the history of the Australian Constitution and the rights and freedoms it guarantees.

Man and woman sunbathe on beach chairs on the balcony of the Beachcomber Hotel.


Auslan guided tour

03 Jun 2022


Join an National Archives expert and Auslan interpreter on a tour of Reception this way: motels - a sentimental journey with Tim Ross.

Girl in a yellow dress holding Australian flowers


Starting research

09 Jun 2022


A chance to learn how to research your history or a specific topic through the National Archives' database.

WEISS Regine Sara - Nationality: German - Arrived Thursday Island 13 May 1940, NAA: B5728, WEISS R, ID: 6018366


Exodus from Vienna

20 Jun 2022


Following the 1938 annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany, many members of Vienna’s vibrant Jewish community sought safe havens overseas to escape growing persecution.

Detail of the Larrakia petition, showing signatures and thumbprints.


We, the undersigned

21 Jun 2022


This seminar will explore citizen activism through petitions submitted to the Australian Government.

Radio telescope support structure and dish illuminated at night.

Guided Tour

Members – Out of this world

27 Jun 2022

North Melbourne

Experience an exclusive members tour of Out of This World by exhibition curator Catriona Donnelly.

A man leaning against the side of a swimming. Two women with children seated under an umbrella.


Holiday program: storytime

08 Jul 2022


Join us on an adventure through the Reception This Way exhibition, and learn what holidays in the past were like.

Man in yellow leaning against orange grader wedged in ice crevice.



08 Jul 2022 - 29 Oct 2022


Antarctica, it’s no place for a flat tyre, and the grocery run is a nightmare! Yet companionship, games, festivities, recipes and homebrew find their way there.

Motel signage


Holiday program: create and explore

11 Jul 2022 - 15 Jul 2022

Go on a tour of Reception this way: motels – a sentimental journey with Time Ross, focusing on the shapes, colours and aesthetics of Australia’s motel signage.

Young people wearing swimming costumes, leaning on a railing at the El Dorado Motel

Guided Tour

Members – Reception this way

13 Jul 2022


Exclusive to NAA Members. Find out why these images are part of the National Archives’ collection on this curator-led tour.

Two women and a man seated at a table under a beach umbrella beside a pool.

Guided Tour

Tour and High Tea

12 Aug 2022


Join the 'Reception this way' curator for a tour and high tea.

6 women and 2 men stand before a railing with a jet passenger aircraft behind them.


Maltese migration to Australia

16 Aug 2022


A seminar about the history of Maltese migration to Australia during the twentieth century, Illustrated with case studies from the National Archives collection.

A man and woman standing beside a life boat.


Members workshop

17 Aug 2022


Learn how to research your family history and connect with other NAA Members.

Portrait of Toyo Tokumaru from her exemption from the dictation test.


Pioneers and pearlers

18 Aug 2022


Explore stories of Japanese men and women who migrated to the northern towns of Western Australia for the pearling industry.