National Archives of Australia

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The National Archives of Australia may best be described as the memory of our nation – collecting and preserving Australian Government records that reflect our history and identity.

The collection traces events and decisions that have shaped the nation and the lives of Australians. Visitors are welcome to explore our collection, online or in person, to learn more.

As well as preserving Australian history, the National Archives plays a key role in helping to ensure the Australian Government and its departments are effective and accountable to the people.

You can find the Archives’ National Office by entering through the main entrance at Old Parliament House, on King George Terrace. The reading room and helpful staff are located on the main floor on the House of Representatives side. You can also visit the Charters of Our Nation exhibition, where you can see facsimiles of some of Australia’s most significant records – those that record the events leading to Federation and the founding of the Commonwealth of Australia.


Art & Culture Cafe Carpark Coach Parking Disabled access available Free Wifi History & Heritage Lockers Museums Australia Museums Australia Public Toilet Shop Walk Wheelchair access


From $1.00 to $2.00

The entry fee supports the conservation work of the Museum of Australian Democracy to maintain the heritage-listed OPH building.

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