National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
3.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
We’re open daily on McCoy Circuit in Acton’s cultural precinct – drop in for date night, a family outing or a quiet afternoon to yourself. Check out our weekly Arc Cinema program, explore the curious collection of audiovisual artefacts on display in The Library, or simply enjoy a locally roasted coffee in the cosy Mediatheque or our sunny heritage courtyard.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Dave C
Alexandria, VA1,615 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a small museum display, and they don't sell DVDs anymore, which was a downer, as the few vintage films we've seen of the collection look really good. Nice bits on early entertainment and early rock and roll, all well done, and some very cool posters in the hallway. Given that it's all free, it's a bargain and worth a visit for the visually and artistically inclined. Shout out to the staff for letting us discreetly edge in while they were setting up for a wedding.
Written 12 April 2024
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Tamara A
Glenmore Park, Australia104 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We both remember this being a place with lots to see after attending on school trips when we were children. Disappointingly that has changed with only one free display, a theatre and then a paid exhibition all that is here now.
We would not recommend visiting unless you are going for something very specific.
Written 15 August 2023
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Claremont77
Sydney, Australia157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This is the most beautiful building with a lovely courtyard for warmer days than now. We visited for the Australians in Hollywood exhibition which was terrific. We also really enjoyed the short films from the 1950’s to 1970’s showing life in various Australian cities at the time - how things have changed!
Written 20 May 2023
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AusmumPerthWA
Perth WA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Lovely old building with a lovely cafe...excellent displays and lovely experience to sit in old theatre and watch archived film material of Australia Melbourne 1966.....fun interactive quiz game etc...very nostalgic..well worth a visit...free entry but nominal extra for special exhibits...great way to spend at least 2hrs...
Written 2 March 2023
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Nigel L
Adelaide, Australia641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
An opportunity to see archival footage of Australia in the mid 1960's and earlier footage of Phar Lap and AFL. The Hollywood display just shows how good Australia is at making terrific films with top quality actors
Written 13 May 2022
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DadandCab
Coffs Harbour, Australia1,227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
I really enjoyed this visit. I paid to see the exhibition which focussed on Australians in Hollywood. It had some great exhibits and lots of interesting background and information. Exhibits included props, costumes, clapper boards, interviews, diaries and story boards as well. You could have been in this exhibition all day if you’d accessed all of the available content!
The other free exhibits about the restoration work and films in the cinema were equally absorbing. Well worth the visit.
Written 17 February 2022
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Mel c
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Spent an hour or two in this fab old building looking at old Aussie news reels and general film history. Different and worth it. Free
Written 10 January 2022
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Christopher172
Brisbane, Australia100 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This is my second visit to the NFSA, my last was some years ago.
I truly don't understand why this once interesting and fascinating venue has lost its ability to represent that which it purportedly stands for; that is the presentation of times gone by in terms of Radio, Television, Movies and the Cinema.
Australia has a depth of history in regard to the way we sought our entertainment, our news and current affairs. Sadly none of this is currently on show here!
We could not even get a cup of Coffee because the Coffee Shop is closed on the weekends. Last time I was here the Coffee Shop was a thriving Restaurant style venue, set in the Courtyard and surrounded by spectacular gardens.
Respectfully my expectations and memories have been seriously eroded.
Written 21 June 2021
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sagreatdan
Canberra, Australia227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
We have ticked just about every other canberra point of interest of the list before we got to this one as canberra locals and I must say I wish we had been here earlier.

Your experience of the displays will vary pending what is the focus of the small exhibit at the time but the building itself us a constant. The art deck style is like stepping back in time, this includes the cinema itself. So it is worth a trip just to take in the building and it's architecture.

This cost there was an interesting film dislt of australia in the 60s. We enjoyed sitting in the cinema for about 40 mins a watching the movie.

We didn't make use of the cafe however, it looked like a great spot to sit and relax.

We will be back for another look.
Written 6 March 2021
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QueenslandTommy
Burpengary, Australia1,453 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
A small but interesting place to visit from the interactive wall of presenters, dress-up photo opportunity, history of Australian film, and the beautifully preserved cinema showing Australian cities from the 1960s, a great way to spend 1 hour, oh there is a cafe/bar. I returned at night to see my first Star Wars movie it appears classic films are shown regularly with a reasonable fee of $12.50, worth a visit
Written 5 March 2021
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