Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Daily 10am – 4pm. Earlier opening and later finishing times for school groups.
Session Times

Session Times

Monday – Thursday commencing 9am-3:30pm as arranged. Film screenings: Monday - Wednesday 7pm
Session Duration

Session Duration

60 minutes. Film screenings: 90 minutes
Facilitated Program

Facilitated Program

Fully facilitated (teacher must attend)
entry fees

Entry Fees

$7 per student. Film screenings: $12 per student
Teacher to Student Ratio

Teacher to Student Ratio

Supervision ratio 1:30

National Film and Sound Archive

The NFSA’s mission is to collect, preserve and share Australia’s vibrant and diverse audiovisual culture as embodied by our evolving collection – reflecting who we were, who we are, and who we want to be.


At the NFSA

Spark your students’ imagination as they look at, think about and critically engage with the NFSA collection of almost 4 million items during our exciting programs.


Our flagship program, Media and Me, empowers young people with media literacy skills to navigate their world and participate confidently in society. Students learn to critically analyse, question and interrogate what they see and hear in media, learning from our history to build a better future. This program is PACER accredited.


Students can also discover the contributions Australians have made to some of the most prominent films of our time, as they take a self-guided tour through our Australians & Hollywood exhibition, which will continue throughout 2023.


Join us for a night at the movies! We have reserved access to the NFSA’s art deco Arc Cinema for school groups to enjoy a personalised movie experience, enhanced by a fun selection of pre-movie clips and vintage ads from our collection. In 2023 we will be showing:

  • Monday - Storm Boy (1976)
  • Tuesday - Oddball (2015)
  • Wednesday - Blueback (2022 NEW RELEASE)

In 2024 a new range of films will be on offer. All films are G or PG rated for student audiences.


All bookings can be made through Book Canberra Excursions



The NFSA offers digital excursions you can join from wherever you are across Australia. Your students will learn how to be media literate citizens by interrogating examples from our collection to develop their curiosity and critical thinking skills. Click to view our upcoming excursions on the DART Learning portal.


Learning Resources

NFSA Learning also offers an extensive range of digital learning websites and resources which include detailed teachers' guides that correspond with our film collection, as well as immersive websites like Carriberrie and Twelve Canoes


Online Resources

Online Educational Resources including digital learning websites with thousands of video and audio clips available for streaming and downloading.

NFSA Learning