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

Exhibition

Connections / Mura gadi

Canberra

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

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.

A portrait of Kojiro Mise from his Application for certificate of exemption from dictation test.

Exhibition

Lasting impressions

07 Feb 2022 - 31 Oct 2022

Perth

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.

Exhibition

Patents, trademarks and designs

15 Feb 2022 - 15 Feb 2023

Brisbane

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

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.

Family dining by the motel pool.

Exhibition

Reception this way

27 May 2022 - 04 Sep 2022

Canberra

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

Black and white photograph of Lydia Janovska sitting in a chair

Touring Exhibition

Spy: Espionage in Australia

11 Jun 2022 - 30 Oct 2022

Toowoomba

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

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.

Event

Holiday program: storytime

07 Jul 2022 - 08 Jul 2022

Canberra

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

Soldiers Pay Book cover page showing name and service details.

Event

Indigenous Servicemen

08 Jul 2022

Ngutungka West Lakes

Hear stories revealed from the service records of Indigenous servicemen of World War 1 and World War 2.

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

Exhibition

Chilled

08 Jul 2022 - 29 Oct 2022

Hobart

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.

Detail of the Royal Commission of Assent

Guided Tour

Constitution Day Tour

09 Jul 2022

Canberra

Join us on a tour of our Voices/Dhuniai exhibition to view the original Royal Commission of Assent signed by Queen Victoria that formally enacted the Australian Constitution.

An Act to Constitute the Commonwealth of Australia 9 July 1900, bound with a red ribbon.

Event

Constitution Day forum

09 Jul 2022

Canberra

This annual National Archives event provides opportunity for discussions about constitutional issues confronting us today. This 2022 Forum features Indigenous speakers discussing constitutional change and recognition.

Motel signage

Event

Holiday program: create and explore

11 Jul 2022 - 15 Jul 2022

Canberra

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

Canberra

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

Carrying ice cores to ice core pit, Antarctic. NAA: B4498, 193E1, 9723297

Event

Putting ambitions on ice

26 Jul 2022

Hobart

Dr Andrew Jackson talks to his experiences of Antarctica in relation to the National Archives’ exhibition Chilled: Antarctic life, inside and out.

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

Event

Auslan guided tour

06 Aug 2022

Canberra

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

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

Canberra

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.

Event

Maltese migration to Australia

16 Aug 2022

Brisbane

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.

Event

Members workshop

17 Aug 2022

Canberra

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

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

Event

Pioneers and pearlers

18 Aug 2022

Perth

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

A huskie sitting outside a hut.

Event

Curator talk – Chilled

25 Aug 2022

Hobart

An insight into Antarctic life by the curator of the National Archives' exhibition Chilled.