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Address: McCoy Circuit, Canberra, Australia
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Watch a film at Arc Cinema, enjoy classic TV and radio shows in The Front...

Watch a film at Arc Cinema, enjoy classic TV and radio shows in The Front Room, attend free presentations in our newly refurbished Theatrette. Housed in one of Canberra's most beautiful Art Deco buildings.

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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... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2017
Micci H

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Perth, Australia
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41 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 were able to see was really interesting, detailing the impact of nuclear tests in WA... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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204 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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 playing old 70s clips, and a radio where you could select from a small number... More 

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1 Thank AstroBloke
Dapto, Australia
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87 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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. Still no spaces. Drove around again (no luck) and came back to the parking area.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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96 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
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) short documentaries and a room containing exhibits such as listening to different CDs - we... More 

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2 Thank Alexandra M
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24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 sense. If you go onto their website and look at their special events then you... More 

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Thank Micci H
Batemans Bay, Australia
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 supercilious young man condescended to tell me that maybe in 2017 it may be more... More 

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1 Thank tulipgk
Mig_Gonzalez, Manager Social Media at National Film & Sound Archive, responded to this review

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. We will be happy to address your concerns. More 

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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 is alot of laughs. The shows that were on in the 60's and 70's are... More 

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Thank Micael L
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Visited on the 13th October and I was very disappointed. I don't know if it's because I was excited as I I'd put it on my list of things to do in Canberra and therefore built it up on my head or because of trying to cram as much into our 2 days in Canberra that we did not get... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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72 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Visited in a group and expected more to see. For visitors it was limited to a theatrette showing archived films - going in, there was no way of knowing what was showing. The only other things for visitors was 'the front room' and the 'Malcolm' exhibition. These were both very limited. The Café was fair and we all had a... More 

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1 Thank Alan H
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59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

We used to visit this museum every visit to Canberra and the whole family enjoyed it, this visit we were totally disappointed and will not visit again. All of the fun items of history have gone, the interactive sections are not there any more, no shop, only a movie theater. left which was interesting, but not worth the time to... More 

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1 Thank Wayne C
Mig_Gonzalez, Manager Social Media at National Film & Sound Archive, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Wayne. As the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, films, radio and television programs are the heart of our collection, and therefore are also our main attractions on site in Canberra. Our free film program and classic radio and television programs (at The Front Room) are an example of that. We also have pop-up exhibitions... More 

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