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Museum of Australian Democracy

Address: 18 King George Terrace | Parkes, Canberra 2600, Australia
Phone Number: 02 6270 8222
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Ranked #5 of 96 Attractions in Canberra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: Housed in one of Australia’s most-loved buildings, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old...
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Type: Museums
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Hertfordshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

This is in the old parliament house. The gardens are good, and now not confined to the elected. inside the two main chambers are open to view and you can easily imagine the place as the centre of politics. A really nice, low-key art Deco building in immaculate condition (mainly). The old library and other rooms have well done special... More 

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Sydney, NSW
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Loved every square inch of this old building and every bit of history. It was a visual pleasure with an emotional deep feeling of pride. Loved looking back in time on how things were.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The old parliament house is one of the most interesting and beautiful building in Canberra. To have the Museum of Democracy housed there is added reason to visit. There is so much to see, learn and enjoy. We spent the whole day there, and still didn't see it all!

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The museum is in the old parliament house and is cheap, only 2 dollars. You can not take backbags or large backs inside but they keep them for you. We found it difficult to know where to go first and how to follow the inside of the museum. It also smells strange inside, probably because the rooms are never refreshed.... More 

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Currambine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is a must when visiting Canberra. You have to allow some time, because there is a lot to see and learn here.

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Taree, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We really enjoyed this museum. It was full of so much memorabilia and fascinating stories about our politicians. It gives a wonderful insight into Australia's political history and it was good to explore the former Parliament House.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I'm not avidly interested in politics but this museum, located in the old Parliament House was absorbing. To see where all the major decisions were made that affected Australia's future was awesome. Hearing all the stories told by our guide enhanced the experience and I would recommend a guided tour. Great value for money and interesting on many levels, it's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is not quite a one km stroll down from Parliament House. We walked it on a hot day, happily one side of the Ave was in shade, wasn't a difficult walk. There is good public transport here, just not directly from Parliament House. I found it very interesting, we saw only one side on one floor, saw the old... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

With our amazing volunteer guide, Joan, we discovered the secrets of Old Parliament House. It is a glorious old building, with so many stories of our political history. The accessibility of politicians, the protests, the controversy, the "road to democracy" - all so interesting. There is a display of political cartoons from 2013, which gave me a few good laughs.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Old Parliament House is a brilliant location for this important Museum. We took a guided tour which showed the major parts and included a lot of background information but then we spent the rest of the day devouring the vast array of information presented. All of the displays were outstanding and we were amazed about how comprehensive the information. Congratulations... More 

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