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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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Description: 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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Old Parliament House with a new life

I wasn't sure what to expect when I visited old Parliament House. The building when we visited was being worked on so the main entrance was out of action. We went in through a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I wasn't sure what to expect when I visited old Parliament House. The building when we visited was being worked on so the main entrance was out of action. We went in through a lower entrance and, despite reading the night before that we had to pay, we just walked in unchallenged. A guy a one desk did give us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

There are few places like this where you can touch history. Well-worn furniture, corridors and offices that saw much of the first 8 decades of Australia a modern nation state.

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Clifton Springs Victoria Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is a outstanding salute to the history of democracy in Australia. It showcases the many differing aspects of party politics.

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Busselton WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Not a lover of politics, this surprised me greatly. An open house reminder of how Parliament House was when we vacated for the new one. technically, left as it was ...Lots of history, memorabilia and displays, that was much more engrossing than imagined. How technology has changed. Very easy way to lose a few hours. Nil entry fee was a... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Sadly what I thought would be the highlighted of my visit to Canberra wasn't so, the building is well preserved but there isn't a lot of information about the building, it's history or the people that served our country.

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is "Old Parliament House" by a different name. What a fantastic visit. There were a number of upgrades underway which closed some areas of the museum even so, in the few hours we had available we were able to see a lot. So much so in fact, that I am committed to return for an extended visit when I... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Brill! I love this museum. As you walk up the steps of this grand edifice, built as Australia's temporary parliament in the 20s, turn to face the Australian War Memorial and Mt Ainslie. You will be standing very close to the spot where Gough Whitlam spoke after his government had been dismissed by the Governor General. Here Whitlam made one... More 

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Like the title says it has a lot of detail on all major parties and politicians since the federation of Australia in 1901. Particularly liked how the old rooms were kept like they were when the ministers used them in the 1980s.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

A step back in time to see how our democracy has evolved, ideally to be seen after a tour of the new Parliament House to appreciate how we have grown as a nation.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The Museum of Australian Democracy is housed in Canberra's Old Parliament House which served as seat of government until 1988. It houses a great display of paintings and political memorabilia, fascinating for anyone with an interest in the history of Australia.

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