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National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

McCoy Circuit | Acton, Canberra 2601, Australia
+61 2 6248 2000
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Going back ward

Federal Government cuts over the last few years have wound back what was once a wonderful visit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nothing to see or hear

I thought there would be exhibits on display but apart from an old tv and radio nothing is on... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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We are Australia's 'living' archive – the custodian of over 2.3 million items that we not only collect, but preserve for future generations and share in many diverse ways. Watch a film at Arc Cinema, attend special events in our Theatrette, or explore one of Canberra's most beautiful Art Deco buildings.
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  • Average12%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible9%
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McCoy Circuit | Acton, Canberra 2601, Australia
+61 2 6248 2000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Federal Government cuts over the last few years have wound back what was once a wonderful visit into a shell of its former glory. Very disapointed.

Thank Canberrascooter
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I thought there would be exhibits on display but apart from an old tv and radio nothing is on display, don't waste your time!!

1  Thank Jamwith
Reviewed 30 April 2017

It is worth visiting the NFS just to sit in the court yard and take in the architecture! I love nothing more than seeing a film here and they are doing such a wonderful job restoring our nations history on film. They have regular screenings...More

Thank Chris R
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Our visit started with a walk through a wonderful Art Deco style building - very impressive. We put sufficient coin in the parking meter to allow a 1.5 hour visit however we were out and finished after only half an hour. The one film we...More

Thank 54Dee2014
Reviewed 17 February 2017

First the positives: the building itself is a beautiful example of the art deco style. Entrance is free, and the woman at the desk was very pleasant to deal with. However, there's almost nothing there for the tourist. They have one room with a TV...More

1  Thank AstroBloke
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We planned to visit the Archive during a stay in Canberra, and looked up the current program on their web site. Set out with our trusty GPS and entered the (small) parking area. No spaces. Drove around surrounding streets, and back to the parking area....More

1  Thank Bruce F
Reviewed 19 January 2017

A sad diminution of visitor facilities it used to have as an educational and inspirational place to visit and learn in a fun interactive way. Advised only two spaces open to the public on a daily basis - a movie theatre showing old (1970/80 ish)...More

2  Thank Alexandra M
Reviewed 17 January 2017

If you have looked at the brochures and are expecting a museum full of exhibitions, gadgets and gizmo's then you are setting yourself up for disappointment. However, once you realise that the museum operates more like a cinema things start to make a lot more...More

Thank Micci H
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Despite being reviewed in travel brochures as being interactive and dynamic- there is nothing there to interact with as there was a few years ago. Notices on the walls boast about the size and scope of the collections, but there's no access to them! A...More

1  Thank tulipgk
Mig_Gonzalez, Manager Social Media at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2016

Dear Tulipgk, Thank you for your comments. Our staff are highly qualified professionals dedicated to developing, preserving and sharing a collection of more than 2.4 million items of audiovisual history. Please contact us at enquiries@nfsa.gov.au if you would like to provide feedback to us directly....More

Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

I went to the sound and film archive in Canberra recently. I went there with friends and there children. Children took time understand what they were seeing. The history of film, sound and television. It was fun understanding australia past. Do it with children it...More

Thank Micael L
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Charron M
Are you easily able to look up someone in particular whose work is in the archives
13 July 2016|
Response from Mig_Gonzalez | Property representative |
Hi Charron M. Please email enquiries@nfsa.gov.au so we can help you. Thanks.