Travel around Australia revisiting your memories of the classic Aussie motel, from family holidays and long road trips to continental breakfasts and mid-century mod-cons.

In a land where the car has provided us with the ultimate freedom to hit the road and explore, it is no surprise that Australians wholeheartedly embraced the American concept of the motel. When motels began springing up in the 1950s, they represented a new, stylish and sophisticated way to travel.

Join the National Archives and Tim Ross on a driving holiday through the quintessential Australian experience of staying in a motel. And find out why these images are part of the National Archives’ collection.

This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Costs

This is a free event.

People by the pool at California Hotel, Hawthorn, Vic
California Hotel, Hawthorn, Vic, about 1964. NAA: B942, HOTELS - MOTELS & RESTAURANTS [3]

Dates

27 May - 4 Sep 2022
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Location

National Archives of AustraliaKings Avenue, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, AustraliaMap of the venue locationMap of the venue location

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Accessibility

Actively welcomes people with access needs.

  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.