Welcome to our Canberra home in Acton, Australian Capital Territory. Visit our Canberra experiences page to learn more about our onsite café, public spaces and year-round program of screenings, exhibitions and events.
The NFSA is open daily from 10am to 4pm except for Christmas Day (25 December) and New Year's Day (1 January).
The Australians & Hollywood exhibition is additionally open until 8.00pm on Friday nights, except for 15, 22 and 29 December and 26 January.
The NFSA is also open outside these hours for advertised events.
The team from Church Neighbourhood Goods is providing a café service at the NFSA in Acton, serving locally roasted Redbrick coffee. The Cafe is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm and also open late for NFSA screenings and events.
Please note: the Cafe will be closed on 24, 25, 26 and 31 December and 1 January. On 27 to 30 December, it will be open from 10am to 3pm.
Admission to the NFSA building is free. Tickets for events and exhibitions are available via the events calendar.
Join Club NFSA to get free entry to every seventh paid screening, event or exhibition. Request a Club NFSA card at Reception and have your card stamped each time you visit.
Your Club NFSA card is redeemable for regular screenings, events and paid exhibitions but excludes premium and third-party events.
NFSA Gift Vouchers are redeemable for any Arc Cinema or exhibition ticket purchased via our ticketing page.
We're situated in the heart of Canberra on McCoy Circuit, Acton, between the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and the Australian National University.
Visit the ACT Government website for information about potential disruption to local traffic near the NFSA during the construction of the light rail to Woden.
Dedicated visitor parking is available on the NFSA premises between McCoy Circuit and Ellery Crescent (paid parking, up to three hours). There is also limited free parking surrounding the building on Liversidge Street.
We recommend considering public transport in peak times.
Route R6 runs between Woden Interchange and City West approximately every 10 to 20 minutes, from 5.30am to 11pm on weekdays and 7am to 9pm on weekends and public holidays. Alight at London Circuit after Edinburgh Avenue and proceed 600 metres along Gordon Street to the main NFSA entrance on McCoy Circuit.
Route 53 runs between the National Museum of Australia (Lennox Crossing) and Dickson (Cowper Street) every 30 minutes, from 7am to 10.10pm on weekdays. Alight at Liversidge Street at the rear entrance to the NFSA.
The NFSA is a 10 to 15-minute walk from the Alinga Street light rail interchange in Canberra’s city centre.
The NFSA sits just outside the e-scooter geofence – visit the Transport Canberra website to access a shared e-scooters map and follow parking and safety instructions in the Beam and Neuron apps.
All areas within the NFSA are wheelchair accessible (see map below). Wheelchair access to the building is available from the south-facing entrance on Liversidge Street.
A wheelchair is available from NFSA reception.
To book the wheelchair in advance, call (02) 6248 2000 during business hours.
There are T switch loops available in Arc Cinema and the NFSA Theatrette.
Accessible bathrooms are located in the main building.
Recognised assistance animals are welcomed into the building.
Information about COVID Smart behaviours is available from the ACT Government’s COVID-19 website.
To help us ensure the safety of all visitors, and to protect our displays and exhibitions from damage, please observe the following conditions of entry to the NFSA.