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National Film and Sound Archive

 

The National Film and Sound Archive is Australia’s ‘living’ archive – the custodian of over 2.8 million items that we not only collect, but preserve for future generations and share in many diverse ways.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Please observe the following conditions of entry to the NFSA.

  • NFSA buildings and grounds are smoke-free
  • Pushbikes are not permitted within the building
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the Exhibition Gallery or the Library
  • Photography for personal use is permitted, except in the Exhibition Gallery or where signs request no photography. No filming is allowed in the Exhibition Gallery, Arc cinema or Theatrette. Photography and filming for any commercial purpose is prohibited unless prior written permission has been obtained from the General Manager of Corporate Affairs
  • Assistance animals that are trained, registered and visibly identifiable are welcome at the NFSA when accompanied by their handler. All other animals are prohibited
  • Prams and strollers are permitted within the NFSA. Visitors are to take care when using prams and strollers to avoid any damage to NFSA property or injury to other visitors or cinema patrons
  • No organised event or function is to be held in the courtyard without prior written approval
  • You should be aware that you have health and safety responsibilities when you are at the NFSA. All visitors must comply with any reasonable health and safety instructions, and take reasonable care not to put themselves or others at risk
  • Security closed-circuit television cameras are installed in the building and may record you during your visit
  • For safety reasons large backpacks, bags or other baggage are not allowed in the Exhibition Gallery. The NFSA may also ask you to check large bags upon entry to Arc cinema and the Theatrette
  • Visitors who do not comply with NFSA notices or directions, or who engage in conduct that poses a threat to the NFSA building or exhibits or to personal safety, may be directed to leave the NFSA by an authorised officer. This includes engaging in dangerous or inappropriate behaviour or illegal acts or infringing the rights of any other person.  

GETTING TO THE NFSA

We are situated in the heart of Canberra on McCoy Circuit, Acton, between the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and the grounds of the Australian National University. Just a 10-minute walk from the city and state bus interchanges.

CULTURE LOOP – FREE SHUTTLE BUS

The NFSA is one of the nine stops on the new Culture Loop shuttle bus. The free service runs seven days a week from 9.00am to 5.00pm, stopping at the NFSA every hour, from 9:15am to 4:15pm.

The Culture Loop is a new way to experience one good thing after another in the nation’s capital, connecting visitors with some of Canberra’s most loved cultural attractions and places of interest. Park once and ride the shuttle to your favourite venues and experience an array of exhibitions, galleries, collections, stories and events. 

For more information, including the map and full timetable, click here.

 

BY BUS – WEEKDAYS

ON THE NUMBER 3
Route 3 runs between Belconnen Bus Interchange and Woden Bus Station on average every 20 minutes from 6.30 am to 10.30 pm weekdays. Bus alights at Liversidge St behind the NFSA.

ON THE NUMBER 7
Route 7 runs between Belconnen Bus Interchange and National Museum of Australia on average every 30 minutes from 5.30 am to 6.30 pm weekdays. Bus alights at Liversidge St behind the NFSA.

ON THE NUMBER 81
The Tourist Loop runs approximately every hour from 10.20 am to 4.20 pm, visiting a number of Canberra’s cultural institutions. To use this service to visit the NFSA, alight at New Acton [Stop 3036] and proceed 600 metres along Gordon Street to the entrance on McCoy circuit.

Transport Canberra’s Routes and Timetables site can help you find the most practical way to our venue (and others).

ON THE FREE CITY LOOP SERVICE
Transport Canberra now offers a free city-loop bus which connects with most buses at the Canberra City Interchange, 7 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday with buses around every ten minutes. To use this service to visit the NFSA, alight at New Acton [Stop 3036] and proceed 600 metres along Gordon Street to the entrance on McCoy circuit. Map and timetable.

 

BY BUS – WEEKENDS

Note: the NFSA is open 12.00pm – 5.00pm on weekends and public holidays, and outside those times for special film screenings and events – see our upcoming events calendar.

ON THE NUMBER 934
Route 934 runs between Belconnen Bus Interchange and Woden Bus Station every hour from 7.30 am to 10.30 pm Saturdays and 8.30 am to 7.30 pm Sundays. Bus alights at Liversidge St behind the NFSA.

Transport Canberra’s Routes and Timetables site can help you find the most practical way to our venue (and others).

 

PARKING

There is dedicated visitor parking on the premises between McCoy Circuit and Ellery Cresent (paid parking, up to three hours). There is also limited free parking surrounding the building on Liversidge Street.

View our location on Google maps.

 

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

All areas of the NFSA are wheelchair accessible (see map below). Wheelchair access to the building is available from the south-facing entrance (Liversidge St). Bathrooms (with accessible facilities) are located in the main building.

A wheelchair is available from NFSA reception. You may pre-arrange use of this wheelchair by calling (02) 6248 2000, or else request it on arrival.

HEARING ASSISTANCE

There are T switch loops available in Arc cinema and the theatrette.

DISABLED BATHROOMS

Bathrooms with disabled facilities are located in the main building.

ASSISTANCE ANIMALS

Recognised assistance animals are welcomed into the building.

 

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