School visits

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Due to remedial works being undertaken on the East Block building, the National Archives is located at Old Parliament House (OPH) until late 2019.

The National Archives will not be hosting school visits while at OPH. During this time  our Education staff will be developing enhanced school visitor experiences for our return to East Block in late 2019. Our new education programs will continue to be curriculum-linked and engaging for school students while also using our updated state-of-the-art exhibition spaces.

In the meantime, you can visit us online for high-quality curriculum-linked educational resources.

This page will also be updated with information on the National Archives' move back to East Block in 2019.

You can also sign up to our Education mailing list by emailing our Learning Officer.

New Online Booking Platform

The National Archives of Australia is in partnership with the National Capital Educational Tourism Project and eight other cultural institutions and attractions in Canberra to develop an online platform, Book Canberra Excursions, to assist school and social groups explore program availability and make online group bookings.

To set up the new online booking system we will not be taking new bookings between 7 December 2018 to 29 January 2019.

The Book Canberra Excursions site will be live from:

  • 12 pm (AEDT) on 21 January 2019 – to review and update existing bookings
  • 12 pm (AEDT) on 29 January 2019 – to book new visits.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we have attempted to schedule this at a time that would be the most beneficial for everyone.

We look forward to presenting to you the Book Canberra Excursions platform in 2019!

If you'd like to ask any questions about the Book Canberra Excursions system please email or call 02 6162 4460.

Alternatively, please contact us at

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