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Opening hours

  • Our building and reception desk is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. (excluding public holidays)
  • Our Reading Room is open to the public 10.00am to 1.00pm, Monday to Friday. Bookings are available between 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.


AIATSIS is located on Acton Peninsula in Canberra, adjacent to the National Museum of Australia. We are within walking or cycling distance from the city centre and the Australian National University.

Visitors can access our main entrance foyer and exhibition space, as well as search the AIATSIS Collection and conduct their own research in our Stanner Reading Room.

Physical address 51 Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Acton ACT 2601

Visiting and accessing the AIATSIS Collection

We are open to the public by appointment only. Bookings are available between 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

We have implemented safety measures under our CovidSafe Public Spaces Plan to ensure the Institute is a safe place for both staff and our clients. 

We can have collection materials such as sound, film, video, manuscripts and rare print material ready for appointments. Some materials require permissions clearance before your visit. To make an appointment please complete our online request.

Booking an appointment allows us to prepare additional collection materials such as sound, films and video recordings, manuscripts, and rare print material ready and ensure any permission clearances can be completed before your visit. A minimum of one weeks' notice is required for an appointment to ensure we can prepare materials and undertake any clearances. 

Conditions of entry

Getting here


Please note that pay parking applies at Acton Peninsula between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). It does not apply to motorbikes or accessible parking spaces. 

The cost of parking is $3.30 per hour for short-stay spaces (those closest to the National Museum of Australia and AIATSIS entries) or $15.00 per day for long-stay spaces (those furthest from the building entries). You can also purchase a discounted five day ticket for $72.50.

More information about parking on National Land in the ACT is available from the National Capital Authority.  

Bus services

There are a range of bus routes that operate to the AIATSIS and the National Museum of Australia and nearby through the ANU regularly. Bus routes, timetable information and fares are available from Transport Canberra.

Walking and cycling

There are a range of walking and cycling paths that lead to AIATSIS from the Australian National University (ANU), New Acton and the Canberra City and our building is just off the main path that traverses the entirety of Lake Burley Griffin.

There a range of bicycle racks available on Acton Peninsula outside AIATSIS and the National Museum of Australia.

Maps and further information about walking and cycling in Canberra is available from Transport Canberra

Visiting Canberra

More information about Canberra and the surrounding region including location details, facts and figures, how to get here and how to see the nation's capital is available from Visit Canberra

You can also phone the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre for further information about visiting Canberra. 

  • 1300 554 114
  • +61 2 6205 0044 (if calling from outside Australia)
Last updated: 20 June 2022