Reception this way: motels – a sentimental journey with Tim Ross

Event details

Events and Exhibitions

Date & time

27 July 2024 to 27 October 2024

Open Monday to Friday
10 am to 4:30 pm


Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel Street 
North Melbourne, Vic 3051                                        



Travel around Australia revisiting your memories of the classic Aussie motel, from family holidays and long road trips to continental breakfasts and mid-century mod-cons.

In a land where the car has provided us with the ultimate freedom to hit the road and explore, it is no surprise that Australians wholeheartedly embraced the American concept of the motel. When motels began springing up in the 1950s, they represented a new, stylish and sophisticated way to travel.

Join National Archives and Tim Ross on a driving holiday through the quintessential Australian experience of staying in a motel. And find out why these images are part of the national archival collection.

This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians. 

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