Information about the National Office temporary relocation to Old Parliament House

26 August 2019

The Department of Finance announced the sale of East Block building, the National Archives’ national headquarters within the Parliamentary Triangle, in December 2017. To facilitate much-needed remedial works on the building, the National Archives moved its administration and a reduced public program, including the reading room, to Old Parliament House (OPH) from October 2017. Administrative services returned to East Block under a new lease arrangement in November 2018.

Our national headquarters is undergoing an exciting redevelopment so we can provide an even better experience when you visit the new galleries and ground floor public spaces in late November 2019. Until then, East Block is open for business and official visitors only. Access is via the rear (western) entrance while construction works continue on the ground floor.

While these renovations are happening our reading room continues at the OPH, accessed via the main entrance off King George terrace. Please review our opening times before visiting.

All visitors will be required to pay the Museum of Australian Democracy entry fee of $2 for adults and $1 for children. This fee supports the conservation work of the Museum of Australian Democracy to maintain the heritage-listed OPH building, in which we are a tenant. Researchers who display their reader card at the OPH reception will not be charged the entry fee.

The National Archives shop is currently closed. A limited selection of items and publications is available via our online shop, and some publications may be purchased from the reading room. 

Archives staff are currently developing exciting new programs and enhanced experiences for visitors for our return to East Block from late 2019. You can visit our national touring exhibitions with venues and tour dates across Australia or experience our online exhibitions via the Google Cultural Institute.

This relocation will not affect staff and records located at the National Archives Preservation Facility in Mitchell, or any of our state/territory offices.

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