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“It's a fine statement, but the building is showing its age.”

Museum of Australian Democracy
Ranked #6 of 217 things to do in Canberra
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Owner description: 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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“It's a fine statement, but the building is showing its age.”
Reviewed 8 February 2012

The Museum is the Old Parliament Building that dates from the 1920s when Canberra became the capital city. The building is done in 1920s basic style and truly isn’t very charming. There is nothing magnificent about it. The Senate and House chambers lack vitality and it is merely an historical site. Our host shared with us that it may have been done so simply because the rich cities of Melbourne and Sydney had both lost out to the upstart new capital and were not pleased and not interested in making it at all glamorous. It's certainly worth a visit, but the new Parliament Building up the hill is more of a statement on Australia today. The Museum/Old Parliament harks back to Dominion status, even to the statue of King George V in the lobby.

Visited January 2012
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed 25 January 2012

Federal Government budget cuts are readily apparent. The quality of the exhibits is lower than we've become used to both in Australia and overseas. Head to Parliament House instead if you're after democracy (in action). The grounds and building, however, are beautiful, and well worth a wander around. The adjacent rose garden is rather lovely.

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“Beautiful Building”
Reviewed 16 January 2012

This museum isn't free, but at $2.00 each, it's still dead cheap, and so interesting to visit. Many exhibitions in there, the one with the cartoonists was excellent, so funny.

Visited January 2012
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Canberra, Australia
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“Trying hard to make it, but there is MORE to See”
Reviewed 12 January 2012

Its a tough job to make history and politcs both interesting and informative. This museum, located in part of the OLD Parliament House does a good job though. Its also worth a visit because you can also tour the OPH to see how our Prime Ministers, Pollies and the Parliament worked in years gone by. You can have a nice luch or snack at the "bookplate" courtyard cafe.
or can also visit the Australian Electoral Commion's museum or the nearby National Archives

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“Excellent Heritage Building ~ Full of History”
Reviewed 29 December 2011

This is one of the most famous buildings in Australia.
Take a guided tour with one of the excellent guides.
Lots to see and admire.
Walk the corridors and view the office of Prime Ministers and other members.
Excellent displays of historic photographs.

http://www.moadoph.gov.au

Visited November 2011
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