NFSA Building History: If These Walls Could talk

2 July
10:30am - 11:30am
Location informationNFSA Theatrette
Event costFree (bookings essential)

From zoo to museum and from morgue to cutting-edge preservation facility, discover the many lives of the NFSA building in this 60-minute presentation.  

As the former Australian Institute of Anatomy, our building had an interesting (and sometimes disturbing) history before its current role in preserving Australia’s audiovisual heritage.

Unlike most Canberra institutions, this building owes its existence to just one man – entrepreneur, surgeon and passionate collector, Sir Colin Mackenzie.

Learn about the way this site is linked to the earliest stories of the Canberra region. See historical photographs of the building’s construction and unique Art Deco design as we reveal the secrets that make this building a rare and wonderful, heritage-listed landmark.  

After the talk, grab a map and take a 15-minute, self-guided walk and see highlighted features up close. 

This talk is available the first Friday of every month. 



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