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Museum of Australian Democracy

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Address: Old Parliament House 18 King George Tce | Parkes, Canberra 2600, Australia
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+61 2 6270 8222
09:00 - 17:00
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Housed in one of Australia’s most-loved buildings, the Museum of Australian...

Housed in one of Australia’s most-loved buildings, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House brings the journey of Australian democracy to life— presenting its past, present and possible futures.Enjoy a range of innovative exhibitions, tours and exhibitions that challenge and inspire. There are also special activities and spaces for children to explore.Open 9am - 5pm 7 days a week, except Christmas DayAdmission: $2.00 Adults $1.00 Concession $5.00 FamilyAll exhibitions free after entryAssisted entry available

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Simply fantastic, the staff were wonderful

Entry is free. Donation boxes are at the entrance. Fascinating place. The guides and staff loved their jobs and they liked to try to bring history to life. The museum really... read more

Reviewed 24 November 2016
David F
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Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Entry is free. Donation boxes are at the entrance. Fascinating place. The guides and staff loved their jobs and they liked to try to bring history to life. The museum really talked about the people their achievements. I am glad I visited.

Thank David F
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

Really enjoyed an afternoon walking through old Parliament House. From sitting in the backbenches of the House of representatives to visiting the pary rooms and Prime Minister's office suite whilst hearing Prime Minister's speeches from the past broadcast through the building-wide speaker system was a nostalgic experience. Everything has been made to look as if the staff have just gone... More 

Thank Mark M
Hoppers Crossing, Australia
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

A tribute to early politics in Australia from 1927 until 1988, there are many displays to look at and access to both chambers, the party rooms, the Prime Ministers office etc. There is a small entry fee and the option of a free guided tour, I would recommend taking one. If you are interested in the evolution of Australian politics... More 

Thank creaturecomforts2015
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We opted to go to the New Parliament house before visiting the old- which worked out great. The parliament were sitting today so seeing it all in action and then comparing at the old parlia ment house! Alot of information set out well! Rooms set as if in use which was great to visualise! Worth a visit!!

Thank Shell D
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

I would recommend a visit here to anyone who is interested in Australian history. The building itself is such a lovely old building, both inside and out, and all the displays provide so much information about our political history. We did a self guided tour of the building, but guided tours are also available. The offices themselves looked like the... More 

Thank AnnetteB52
Casablanca, Morocco
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

I learned a lot on Australian political system. A lot of information on former PM, origin of political system and relationship with England, daily life in parliement.

Thank Albantx
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 18 November 2016

This is a must do in Canberra for all Australians , a beautiful building some left "just as it was' in the "80s when they moved to the new Parliament House. really interesting exhibits and you can go in many of the rooms .

Thank SGM475
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

What a fantastic tour! The tour guides made a very serious topic understandable and interesting. With audience participation the hour just flew by. And learning about the Dismissal in the rooms where it all happened made it even more interesting.

Thank Wombatstew
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

Very interesting to walk through the past Prime Ministers' office and enjoy the stories told by our volunteer guide. No cost involved

Thank Geoffrey S
Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

After many trips to Canberra, we finally checked out Old Parliament House. It was a great surprise. Not only was it very interesting checking out the building and the exhibits, but the rooms set aside for (little) kids was fantastic. Well worth taking toddlers and little ones to.

Thank durk94

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