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.
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