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Museum of Australian Democracy

18 King George Terrace | Parkes, Canberra 2600, Australia
02 6270 8222
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Ranked #7 of 110 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 Parliament House brings the journey of Australian... more » 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 « less
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Seven Hills
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This building was Australia's first Parliament House We had a very quick visit here, which was a shame but our time was very limited. The staff were excellent and literally let us dash in, take a few photos and dash out again! This is not the way to see this beautifully historic building! From the time you mount the stairs... More

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Lismore, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

It was great to walk through and just visualise all the PM's that have made some very important decisions in my younger years. The information about our past was fantastic and very informative. A must see while in Canberra

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Step back in time and walk down the halls of memory lane Australia. talk a free guided tour - really explains the nooks and crannies you will miss doing it alone. Also a number of exhibits to meander and take in the federation of Australia. Visit bob hawkers old office - visit the upper and lower houses - must do.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Felt like the Prime Minister and the Queen in one single day. We could play to be politicians and pretend we were going to be solving the issues of the world, pretty much like them! We joined one of the free guided tours and was worth it. Could be told many things we would be unable to learn from the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Although we are not particularly interested in politics and had 3 teenage girls with us, we managed to spend an easy 2 hours here and enjoyed the experience.

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Renmark, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

On our trips to Canberra we have often attended various exhibitions in Australia's Old Parliament House but this was the first time we had taken a tour guided by a very knowledgable and entertaining volunteer. The building itself has been rejuvenated and is in the process of being developed into a wonderful museum with interactive exhibits, private rooms of former... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

My 6 year old daughter loved the museum. She was excited to follow the well set out mystery trail and crack the code. There were heaps of interactive exhibits that kept her entertained for ages. The guided tour was interesting and all the staff and volunteers helpful and pleasant. The cafe offered pretty good food as well. We'll visit again.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Went with the family during the July school holidays. Staff were friendly and had some great suggestions for activities that the kids could do. Trail through the museum was enjoyed by the kids and was easy for them to navigate. Plenty of activities for them to do while parents are looking at the exhibits. Staff were very friendly and knowledgable.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Fascinating to be able to visit the rooms and Houses in the former Parliament (prior to its move to the grand new Parliament up the hill), including former Prime Ministers' office, and Party meeting rooms all set up as they were at the time it closed. The building still looks great but can see how they outgrew it as it... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is amazing, the sense of history is palpable.There is so much to see and the tour is very informative and then you can wander around yourself and spend as much time as you like seeing and learning about our democratic history. Brilliant! Lunch in the cafe was lovely too.

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