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National Archives of Australia

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Heath Ledger

The Heath Ledger display on till February 2019 is worth a visit. His story is of interest and the... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2018
Sydney, Australia
National Archives

The Archives are now located in the old Parliament House until the end of 2018 according to the... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2018
Wynyard, Australia
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The National Archives of Australia can best be described as the memory of our nation – collecting and preserving Australian Government records that reflect our history and identity. Our collection traces events and decisions that have shaped the...more
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always visited the Archives when I went to Canberra because they always had an interesting exhibition. It was closed in Dec 2018 & the reading room had been transferred temporarily to Old Parliament House. I spoke to an Archive person there & she told...More

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Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Wayne C
NatArchivesAust, Public Relations Manager at National Archives of Australia, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Wayne. Thanks for stopping by on your recent trip to Canberra, and great to know that you're a regular visitor! To clarify, our regular location at the East Block building on Queen Victoria Terrace is currently closed to visitors, we are renovating and will...More

Reviewed 12 October 2018

The Heath Ledger display on till February 2019 is worth a visit. His story is of interest and the costume's that he and others wore in his films are of great interest as you get to see the detail and research that has been done...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 20 September 2018

The building for the Archives is being refurbished so it is temporarily housed in Old Parliament building. I don't think there was everything normally on display or accessible. Don't miss the exhibition on the Magna Carta.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 12 September 2018

The archives building has been sold at there are temporary items at old parliament house. The Waterhouse exhibition is being shown at old parliament house in the time being but unfortunately they are unable to show much of it due to space. It will be...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

The Archives are now located in the old Parliament House until the end of 2018 according to the literature.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank GerryTasmania
Reviewed 4 March 2018

It took an English man to take a local woman to see her old parliament building, a guided tour helped her to see what happens behind those doors to power.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

My parents migrated from London in 1958 when I was 12. I was able to find the ship's records of SS Orontes, our names and cabin numbers on the manifests, as well as the name of the Captain and the Ship's Doctor! Also found my...More

Date of experience: September 2017
3  Thank eillamo
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Patting our backs to find a bus route that stops directly outside the East Block, we found the door closed to tourists. One day too late. Checked their website when we got home and info was there: “From close of business on Sunday 17 September...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank schafer65
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Visited on a weekend, so free parking. Interesting exhibits. With great history. One slight issue the first exhibits lighting was low which means that some older patrons might find it hard to see/read the exhibits, I know my father did.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank 5francesm
Reviewed 29 August 2017

I have lived in Canberra for over 30 years but never had the opportunity or the inclination to pay a visit to the National Archives of Australia. Today, I visited the NAA to view the Gough Whitlam exhibition and it was only then I realised...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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