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Museum of Australian Democracy

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Address: 18 King George Terrace | Parkes, Canberra 2600, Australia
Phone Number: 02 6270 8222
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Housed in one of Australia’s most-loved buildings, the Museum of...

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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For a politics junkie how great is it to see the PMs office where Whitlam, Fraser, Hawke all hung out

It was a highlight to sit on the front bench in the House of Reps, to take photos in the PM's office, see the cigarettes in the ash tray as if it were yesterday; the offices were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Kate R
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was a highlight to sit on the front bench in the House of Reps, to take photos in the PM's office, see the cigarettes in the ash tray as if it were yesterday; the offices were so small; the press gallery area crowded and the equipment all antiquated yet it is only 30 years ago. Too much to see... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Set up as if the people are still working there. Walk through the corridors and offices with lots of displays and items of great historical significance. Brings back lots of memories to us baby boomers. Not to be missed and take the guided tours if you can.

Thank 168garyh
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've been to Old Parliament House numerous times over the years and fall more in love with it's old charm and political history on every visit. I visited there yesterday for my first Old Parliament House wedding. My sister and her new husband held their wedding in one of the courtyards and held the reception in Dinning Room 1. It... More 

Thank Gemma M
Blue Haven, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

to see where it all started is great to learn things that not in our history books is a great way to learn

Thank keen2372
Belfast, Northern Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Where the Australian parliament used to sit, now dedicated Home of Museum of Australian Democracy. A privilege to walk and sit where parliamentarians of yore exercised democracy. A political cartoon exhibition was an extra treat. No souvenir shop to speak of, and cafe was basic; for both the New Parliament offers more and better.

Thank mrulster
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a lovely piece of history, went there late but was great to see . found at the end the interactive part for the kids. Was great to roam around , you could image all the people being their, and how busy it would have been.

Thank Michelle G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building was home to Australia's parliament for over 60 years, and so must be visited in tandem with the current Parliament House. Visitors can re-live many of the great moments of our democracy, and see how the politicians and staff went about their business in this small, but impressive building. One can see and feel how the leaks and... More 

Thank Rob M
Croydon, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum I feel may be of interest to young school children and people with a passion for all things democracy no matter how it is presented. The children get the chance to role play as Government and the Opposition in the house of reps. The whole visit is a good learning experience for the younger generation, to appreciate, the... More 

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Adelaide Hills, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are travelling to Canberra this is a must see. Australia's Political History Is contained in these walls. So much character in this building. Enjoyed wondering in the halls that great past Prime Ministers roamed.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time visit to this wonderful building that saw so much of the important political events of Australian history. Its size compared to the new parliament house is staggering and the fact that you can actually sit in the seats where Gough Whitlam and the other great Prime Ministers sat in is amazing. The way the caretakers have accurately replicated... More 

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