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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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Not worth the struggle to find a car parking spot

No displays at all. After 40 years of anticipation finally get there to find NOTHING of the NFSA... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
rprusa27
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Melbourne, Australia
Waste of good parking money

Was looking forward to great things on entering large art deco style building but was soon... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
best0ne2017
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Greater Perth, Australia
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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%
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  • Terrible13%
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McCoy Circuit | Acton, Canberra 2601, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

No displays at all. After 40 years of anticipation finally get there to find NOTHING of the NFSA collection on display. BIG disappointment, to put it mildly...I had spoken in great praise of the NFSA to my young son - only to find that this...More

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Mig_Gonzalez, Manager Social Media at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear rprusa 27, Thanks for your feedback. Our new exhibition will be announced this week. You can find some details on our website: https://www.nfsa.gov.au/events/heath-ledger-life-pictures We hope to see you then.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was looking forward to great things on entering large art deco style building but was soon disappointed at the lack of displays . It was set up as a series of cinemas one of which was closed due to school group. School groups rule! As...More

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Mig_Gonzalez, Manager Social Media at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear bestOne2017, Thank you for your feedback. We will inform the relevant team about the volume issue.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place no longer has the film and sound displays it previously had. The staff blamed the age of the displays and their poor condition. I'd say lack of funding.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made a return visit after a few years and found the Film Archive to be a pale shadow of what it was! There was a small exhibit and in the cinema, one film on a loop showing. The parking was poor ( and you...More

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

If you have half a hour to kill this place is excellent. Has a bit of nostalgic stuff that you can remember from your childhood or if like us can show young kids how ads on TV really use to be. Staff are friendly and...More

1  Thank davidg777
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

We last visited this museum many years ago (perhaps 20). At that time we enjoyed the various films on show and all the objects displayed in the museum. These included old movie cameras, sound recording equipment, and other objects used in the film, radio, and...More

1  Thank HeyJude49
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

I haven't visited the NFSA for over three years. This time there was nothing there but old black and white clips running in two theatres and a display on fashion that was $10 entry. The girl at the desk said it had been like this...More

1  Thank Toni F
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

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

1  Thank pepperberry
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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

1  Thank PJ2727
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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

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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

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Charron M
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Hi Charron M. Please email enquiries@nfsa.gov.au so we can help you. Thanks.
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