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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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I loved this Museum. There is an entrance fee ($2) but free tours (worth checking out when the tours are). I loved that they left rooms as they were when parliamentarians moved to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Mons, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I loved this Museum. There is an entrance fee ($2) but free tours (worth checking out when the tours are). I loved that they left rooms as they were when parliamentarians moved to the new building - you can smell the leather and wood paneling. I loved this museum. I was fortunate to be there during an amazing exhibit about... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Visitors to Canberra must include a visit to OLD Parliament House to view the Museum of Democracy. After completing the tour there are so many memories relieved it was a great way to see history in the making during the past decades.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

World class museum with outstanding exhibitions. Such recent history you can almost see and hear the pollies in the corridors and chambers. Our tour guide was a parliamentary employee for many years so provided amazing first hand knowledge and insight. Sitting in the PMs chair at the Cabinet table where so many major decisions have been made in Australias history... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic historical display on our prevous Prime Ministers. The other displays like the old offices, House of Reps & Senate, Press gallery & old catoons was really an added bonus. It was worth the 2 & 1/2 hours spent there.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Old Parliament House provides a wonderful setting for the rather querky Museum of Australian Democracy. The exhibits are very informative without being preachy or condescending. You come away muttering "I never knew that ...". For example on of Australia's very early Prime Ministers was "deported" from England to Australia for being a Chartist and obviously made the most of his... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We walked to the Museum, which we still can't help referring to as 'Old Parliament House', and spent a fantastic couple of hours here, tripping back in time. You have choices - walk around by yourself, grab a portable audio guide, or join a tour (depending on your timing). We decided to just wander, and occasionally we would catch up... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The Museum of Australian Democracy is good. I like the Museum of Australian Democracy. Go to the Museum of Australian Democracy.

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Jose W, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Australian Democracy, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give such a positive review of the Museum. We do our best to provide interesting tours, exhibitions and programs for our visitors and I’m happy that you left our Museum impressed. More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Having read the reviews I was sure that there would be something to keep my two children and I entertained (to be fair one is only 6 months old and very easily pleased!) Sadly we were disappointed. The playroom is more suited to babies/toddlers and the dress up room has adult sized dressing up clothing, not much for a four... More 

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Jose W, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Australian Democracy, responded to this review

Hi Laura, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback on the children’s activities at the Museum. We’re sorry to hear that your recent visit did not meet your expectations. Our exhibition Play Up was developed in consultation with children and their families, as well as guided by learning experts to ensure that it offered a variety... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

If there was nothing but the annual newspaper political cartoon display this would still be a great attraction but there is much more. If you have any interest in parliament at all don't miss this free attraction.

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Jose W, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Australian Democracy, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so pleased to hear that you had a fantastic experience and that you enjoyed the Behind The Lines exhibition. We appreciate your recommendation and we look forward seeing you again soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

Spent hours here were lovely helpful staff who took there time so generously , would highly recommend going here , learn lots and have a nice time, i could of spent all day there , very interesting!!

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Jose W, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Australian Democracy, responded to this review

We are so delighted to hear that you had a great time with us. Thanks so much for the great comments about our volunteers and staff, we will be sure to pass your compliments along! More 

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