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Address: McCoy Circuit, Canberra, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 6248 2000
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Watch a film at Arc Cinema, enjoy classic TV and radio shows in The Front...

Watch a film at Arc Cinema, enjoy classic TV and radio shows in The Front Room, attend free presentations in our newly refurbished Theatrette. Housed in one of Canberra's most beautiful Art Deco buildings.

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Visit to see movies and sound history

Today they had a 30th anniversary exhibit of Malcolm. They had the car that split in half and parts of the movie playing. In the theatre they had old movies etc playing.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 September 2016
lee68g
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Tamworth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to the sound and film archive in Canberra recently. I went there with friends and there children. Children took time understand what they were seeing. The history of film, sound and television. It was fun understanding australia past. Do it with children it is alot of laughs. The shows that were on in the 60's and 70's are... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Visited on the 13th October and I was very disappointed. I don't know if it's because I was excited as I I'd put it on my list of things to do in Canberra and therefore built it up on my head or because of trying to cram as much into our 2 days in Canberra that we did not get... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Visited in a group and expected more to see. For visitors it was limited to a theatrette showing archived films - going in, there was no way of knowing what was showing. The only other things for visitors was 'the front room' and the 'Malcolm' exhibition. These were both very limited. The Café was fair and we all had a... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We used to visit this museum every visit to Canberra and the whole family enjoyed it, this visit we were totally disappointed and will not visit again. All of the fun items of history have gone, the interactive sections are not there any more, no shop, only a movie theater. left which was interesting, but not worth the time to... More 

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Thank Wayne C
Mig_Gonzalez, Manager Social Media at National Film & Sound Archive, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Wayne. As the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, films, radio and television programs are the heart of our collection, and therefore are also our main attractions on site in Canberra. Our free film program and classic radio and television programs (at The Front Room) are an example of that. We also have pop-up exhibitions... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Do not bother visiting this venue. There is absolutely nothing to see. Just an old TV showing shows from the 70's and and old radio playing programs from the past. Two smll room with vitually nothing eslse to see. The Archive has a vast collection of equipment tracing the film and sound industry of Australia but no of that is... More 

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Mig_Gonzalez, Manager Social Media at National Film & Sound Archive, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Bob. There is plenty to see and do at the NFSA, but we do recommend people check our events calendar (nfsa.gov.au) to plan their visit. We do hope that visitors to the NFSA love film, television and radio programs, because those are the key elements of our vast collection, and therefore, they are featured in our... More 

Tamworth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Today they had a 30th anniversary exhibit of Malcolm. They had the car that split in half and parts of the movie playing. In the theatre they had old movies etc playing.

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Thank lee68g
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This was a nice surprise for us. We saw the sign and stopped by to see what they offered. We loved the information on offer and spent time relaxing watching some of the Movietone newsreels from many years ago. Fabulous stuff! This would bore the pants off children so best to visit without them.

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Thank Steve W
Mig_Gonzalez, Manager Social Media at National Film & Sound Archive, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback Steve, we're glad you enjoyed it. We do offer special programs for children and they love them! We have school groups visiting throughout the year, film programs for the school holidays, and more. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Great place to visit. Very interesting from the moment you walked in the door. Will visit again.. The staff were helpful and informative

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Yes it is a shadow of what you once could see, but if you are looking to fill a couple of hours then this is a good start. The theatres are awesome and they will be playing some interesting docos if you are into that.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

very disappointing as the exhibition is no longer available.we visited about 5 years ago and it was my favorite museum. such a shame there's not much to see.

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