Exhibitions

View exhibitions and displays currently showing at the National Archives in Canberra and venues around Australia. Find out more about our past exhibitions.

  • A Ticket to Paradise?

    Brian Jonmundsson and his wife Visitacion arrive in Sydney, 1963.
    Brian Jonmundsson and his wife Visitacion arrive in Sydney, 1963. (A12111, 1/1963/4/41)

    Uncover the real story of Australian migration, from how the government sold 'the dream', to the individual experiences of those who made Australia home.

    Had they received their ticket to paradise?

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    28 November 2014 to 9 March 2015

    National Archives of Australia
    Queen Victoria Terrace
    Parkes ACT

  • Banned

    Banned Logo

    The National Archives in Canberra has updated its café with a new display on banned books. Read about the secret history of Australian censorship as you sip your coffee.

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    On permanent display

    Open daily from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas and Good Friday)

    National Archives of Australia
    Queen Victoria Terrace
    Parkes ACT 2600

  • Discovering Mildenhall’s Canberra

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    A game of bowls at Hotel Canberra, 1926.  
    (NAA: A3560, 2691)

    Discovering Mildenhall's Canberra is an display of photographs capturing the construction of the national capital.

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    On permanent display

    Open daily from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas and Good Friday)

    National Archives of Australia
    Queen Victoria Terrace
    Parkes ACT 2600

  • Memory of a Nation

    Students from Launceston Church Grammar School explore Memory of a Nation at the National Archives in Canberra

    Discover the events and the people – both ordinary and extraordinary – who have shaped this nation. Regularly updated to include new exhibits and interactives.

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    On permanent display

    Open daily from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas and Good Friday)

    National Archives of Australia
    Queen Victoria Terrace
    Parkes ACT 2600

  • A Place to Call Home? Migrant hostel memories

    Scheyville Migrant Centre. (NAA: A12111, 2/1957/22A/37)

    Nissen huts, boiled mutton, bottled milk and helping hands.

    Rekindle memories with vivid photographs of life in Australia's migrant hostels.

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    14 February 2015 to 30 April 2015

    Fairfield City Museum and Gallery 
    634 The Horsley Drive
    Smithfield NSW 2164

    Tour schedule

    Opens:
    14 February 2015
    Closes:
    30 April 2015
    Location:
    Fairfield City Museum and Gallery
    634 The Horsley Drive
    Smithfield NSW 2164
    Opens:
    8 May 2015
    Closes:
    24 July 2015
    Location:
    Margaret Whitlam Galleries
    The Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney
    Cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road
    Rydalmere NSW 2116
    Opens:
    4 September 2015
    Closes:
    31 October 2015
    Location:
    Lavington Library
    366 Griffith Rd
    Lavington NSW 2641
    Opens:
    1 December 2015
    Closes:
    1 March 2016
    Location:
    Bunbury Museum & Heritage Centre
    1 Arthur Street
    Bunbury WA 6230
    Opens:
    11 March 2016
    Closes:
    20 April 2016
    Location:
    Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre
    3 Rocca Way
    Wanneroo WA 6065
    Opens:
    6 May 2016
    Closes:
    19 June 2016
    Location:
    Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery
    3 Mary Elie Street (PO Box 481)
    Port Pirie SA 5540
    Opens:
    1 July 2016
    Closes:
    2 October 2016
    Location:
    The Museum of the Riverina
    Located Cnr Baylis and Morrow Streets
    Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
    Opens:
    13 October 2016
    Closes:
    30 November 2016
    Location:
    Liverpool City Library
    170 George Street
    Liverpool NSW 2170
    Opens:
    8 December 2016
    Closes:
    1 February 2017
    Location:
    Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
    Cnr of Goondoon and Bramston Streets
    Gladstone QLD 4680
    Opens:
    18 February 2017
    Closes:
    30 April 2017
    Location:
    Museum of Tropical Queensland
    70-102 Flinders Street
    Townsville QLD 4810
    Opens:
    10 May 2017
    Closes:
    1 October 2017
    Location:
    Qantas Founders Museum
    Sir Hudson Fysh Drive
    Longreach QLD 4730
    Opens:
    30 October 2017
    Closes:
    25 February 2018
    Location:
    Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
    2 Invermay Road
    Launceston TAS 7250
    Opens:
    28 March 2018
    Closes:
    27 May 2018
    Location:
    Grafton Regional Gallery
    158 Fitzroy St
    Grafton NSW 2460
  • Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience

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    Sledging practice, Cape Denison, Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1912. Photographer: Frank Hurley. (NAA: M584, 12)

    Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience celebrates the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Douglas Mawson in 1911–14 and charts Australian involvement in, and fascination with, Antarctica up to the present day.

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    6 December 2014 to 1 February 2015

    Hervey Bay Regional Gallery 
    166 Old Maryborough Road 
    Pialba QLD 4655

    Tour schedule

    Opens:
    5 July 2014
    Closes:
    7 September 2014
    Location:
    Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
    1 Barolin Street
    Bundaberg QLD 4670
    Opens:
    20 September 2014
    Closes:
    1 November 2014
    Location:
    Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
    Cnr Goondoon & Bramston Streets
    Gladstone QLD 4680
    Opens:
    6 December 2014
    Closes:
    1 February 2015
    Location:
    Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
    166 Old Maryborough Road
    Pialba QLD 4655
    Opens:
    14 February 2015
    Closes:
    22 March 2015
    Location:
    Grafton Regional Gallery
    158 Fitzroy Street
    Grafton NSW 2460

Federation Gallery

Special viewing dates

Our Federation Gallery contains some of Australia's most significant documents – those that record the founding of the Commonwealth of Australia. We like to refer to these as the 'birth certificates' of our nation.

The seven items in the gallery include the original Constitution Act passed by the British Parliament and the Royal Commission of Assent signed by Queen Victoria on 9 July 1900. They also include documents that record later changes to Australia's Constitution.

The National Archives is committed to ensuring the future survival of this material as well as encouraging and facilitating Australians' access to the documents.

New preservation research techniques measure the impact of light on documents. We balance the documents' future conservation needs with the public's right to access. We now open the gallery for special public viewing days, and for group and school bookings.

Special viewing:

Boxing Day
Friday 26 December

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