Out of this world: Australia in the space age

Event details

Events and Exhibitions

Date & time

1 April 2022 to 17 July 2022

10 am to 4.30 pm
Monday to Friday


National Archives Victoria Office
Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel Street
North Melbourne Vic 3051



Welcome to the dawn of the space age.

From the 1950s through to the 1970s, Australia was gripped with excitement as humanity made its first forays beyond Earth's atmosphere.

From cutting edge scientific research to architecture, design, television and more, Out of this world explores Australia's role in the space race. 

Learn about the history of Woomera Rocket Range, see how futuristic architecture influenced Australia's Expo pavilion in 1970, and discover the story of Mr Squiggle – 'the man from the moon'.

This exhibition is supported by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, a program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians. 

Education kit for teachers

Teachers can download Out of this world (pdf 8MB)a curriculum-aligned education kit for the exhibition.

Tour schedule