The repositories of both the National Archives and Records Service of South Africa (NARSSA) and the Provincial Archives mount exhibitions at regular intervals in order to give members of the public an insight into nature of their holdings. Therefore, historical records, private papers, official publications, maps, photographs, films and library material are exhibited.

The Pretoria head office of the NARSSA together with the National Film, Video and Sound Archives (NFVSA) and the Bureau of Heraldry has established a committee of staff members from each of these components who are charged with the mounting of exhibitions. At the level of Provincial Archives each repository mounts exhibitions as an office.