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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 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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with all of its history and stately grandeur Old Parliament House is always worth a visit but the Museum of Australian Democracy is a little gem in its own right. So many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Buddina, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

with all of its history and stately grandeur Old Parliament House is always worth a visit but the Museum of Australian Democracy is a little gem in its own right. So many fascinating and important stories are told here through its many exhibits and interactive displays. We had the opportunity to participate in a mock Cabinet meeting, which in itself... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An excellent display of Australia's fine democratic system, Old Parliament House is a must! You're even able to walk into both cambers and sit in the exact place where many past Prime Ministers have sat before.

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Norfolk Island, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was amazing to walk through the corridors where history was made for our country. A real trip down memory lane with the items on display. You can go into the Prime Minister's office and see where the ministerial staff worked and smoking was allowed in those days. Imagine that today?

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Thank Sue-ellen2899
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the Museum of Australian democracy and was not disappointed. The curators have worked hard to keep the place feeling like it's the 1980's and you can imagine Bob Hawke sitting in his office whilst the typists work away in a smoky room. You can actually sit on the green and red seats and there's very little off limits. Amazing... More 

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Haslemere
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We left the new Parliament House after taking a tour there and walked the short distance (10 mins) to the entrance of this old Parliament House. We paid the small entrance fee and easily self guided our way round the displays and two state chambers. The former Prime Minister's private offices and the rooms used by HM Queen Elizabeth at... More 

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed the glimpse of history - tour guide was interesting when he talked about the parliamentary rules and customs.

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New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are a number of exhibitions to see at Old Parliament House as well as touring the building to visit what was Australia's centre of government for so long. Well worth visiting is the excellent exhibition of the work of Australia's best cartoonists and their take on 2015. This exhibition is for Australians or for visitors who are familiar with... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After celebrating a 21st birthday in Hoi Polli we organised for a private tour of the Old Parliament House. Our guide, Lee, was lovely and so knowledgeable. We were treated like the honoured guests that would have entered the house many decades ago. It was certainly an afternoon to remember.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had visited in May 2015 and found it so interesting made sure I brought husband and 9 year old this time. It did not disappoint. We took one of the tours and it was so interesting even for little one. For the young there are activities and the best play rooms I have seen anywhere including dress ups.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the most interesting place in Canberra we visited. The staff were fantastic and were extremely knowledgeable without being condescending. We were lucky enough to go on a tour that did a re-enactment of the 1975 Whitlam dismissal. This where a lot of Australia's political history took place and you can really feel the atmosphere of the old parliament.... More 

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