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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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Dont waste your time

This place once had a variety of Australian film memorabilia. This has gone. Apparently you can... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
What is this???

Thought I'd see some Aussie TV, Screen and Audio history..... saw nothing ! Close the place... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2017
Garden Suburb NSW
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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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  • Average13%
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  • Terrible11%
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McCoy Circuit | Acton, Canberra 2601, Australia
+61 2 6248 2000
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place once had a variety of Australian film memorabilia. This has gone. Apparently you can "view" it online only!! The cafe was closed during the day. My advice is dont waste your time - go to the other fabulous museums and landmarks in Canberra...More

Thank pepperberry
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Thought I'd see some Aussie TV, Screen and Audio history..... saw nothing ! Close the place .... waste of time just imagine what a tourist would thinkMore

Thank PJ2727
Mig_Gonzalez, Social Media Manager at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Dear PJ2727, Thank you for your feedback. We have archival films screening (free) every day, a space called The Front Room where you can see/hear classic Australian TV and radio programs, and special events and screenings (see nfsa.gov.au/events). Please email us at enquiries@nfsa.gov.au if you...More

Reviewed 16 August 2017

What a disaster. Glad we jagged a free parking spot out the front (after driving around for quite a while). Was only there for 5 minutes. After reading write ups in tourist guides I thought it would be interesting. Forget it. I found the lady...More

1  Thank Melissa C
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Love the architecture of this building - it would have been quite grand in its time. We sat in the cinema and appreciated the historical films for what they were. Worth a quick visit if you are in the area.

Thank Randall K
Reviewed 16 June 2017

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 22 May 2017 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!!

2  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 31 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 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....More

1  Thank Bruce F
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Charron M
13 July 2016|
Response from Mig_Gonzalez | Property representative |
Hi Charron M. Please email enquiries@nfsa.gov.au so we can help you. Thanks.