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Medical Superintendents Building
Medical Superintendent's Building Photo: Anne Faris.

The Centre is housed on Lawson Crescent, the Museum’s site at Acton, in the former ‘Medical Superintendent’s Building’. This two-storey, cream brick building with white trim, is just visible behind a tall thick green hedge on the northern edge of the Museum’s grounds.

There is no ordinary car parking at the Centre itself, but there is usually ample space in the large car park opposite – park as far from the Museum as possible and you’ll see the house in front of you across the road on the east of uphill side of the car park.

If you need to park at the Centre to collect or drop something, you can park briefly in the driveway. To find the driveway, follow these directions:

As you drive towards the Museum (from any direction) you come to a roundabout at the intersection of Lawson Crescent (the main approach) and Lennox Crossing (the route from ANU). Take the road that leads directly towards the Museum (Lennox Crossing), not the road leading to the lake shore (Lawson Crescent). The Centre’s driveway is the first along the road on the left, immediately before the first yellow diamond-shaped pictorial sign ‘beware ducks crossing’.

Our driveway is sign-posted ‘authorised vehicles only’.

There are doorbells at both the front and rear doors. The back door (the one mostly used) has a grey sign reading ‘National Museum of Australia / Research Centre’.

Ring the bell and we’ll be there presently.

Mailing address:

Research Centre
National Museum of Australia
GPO Box 1901
Canberra ACT 2601


Anne Faris, Administrative Officer, +61 2 6208 5103

The Library of the National Museum of Australia was established in 1984 and has grown into a collection of more than 45,000 books, serials and audiovisual items.

Located in the Annexe and part of the Research Centre, the Museum’s Library has developed as a vigorous combination of scholarly special library and staff services library. Its holdings include collections of personal and professional papers and rare books, created by influential figures such as Dr Bob Edwards (museum curator and entrepreneur), Professor David Ride (cultural heritage management pioneer), historians Professor Ken Inglis and Professor Bill Gammage and the Baldwin steam collection.

The library collection includes over 40,000 books and many serials, all relating to areas central to the Museum’s key themes of Australian history and society, people and the environment and Indigenous history and culture. The library has strong holdings in museum studies and conservation. The Library is run by Ms Noellen Newton and Ms Naomi Newton, whose acknowledged strengths are their responsiveness to readers’ interests and requests. In 2012 the Library will be refurbished, which may create periods of disruption.