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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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An interactive "museum" for children/adults of all ages

We often take our visitors to Old Parliament House if they're interested and then have a coffee or light lunch before or after - a pleasant outdoor courtyard. The exhibits and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
NotMolly
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Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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261 reviews 261 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We often take our visitors to Old Parliament House if they're interested and then have a coffee or light lunch before or after - a pleasant outdoor courtyard. The exhibits and professionalism of the staff greatly improve each year and we were all very impressed this year. We particularly enjoyed "Behind the Lines" - the best political cartoons of the... More 

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Caloundra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

we had an excellent visit.There is heaps to see and a volunteer guide named David gave us an insight into the workings of both the Senate and the House of Reps. There is a good restaurant for coffee or lunch.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Located in Old Parliament House, with that ratty Aboriginal Tent Embassy outside, this place hasn't really got itself off the ground since it took over the space once occupied by the National Portrait Gallery. It seems to lack a purpose, and would be better off telling the story of democracy, and extolling its values & virtues, rather than vaguely trying... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Did a guided tour and guide very good. Good to hear and see what Parliment was like in the old building.

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Old parliament house is an icon in my life. All the big decisions were made there. The richness of the interior and the furnishings were as expected. Unfortunately it's "dead' there are nice new exhibitions about democracy etc but they don't blend in with the history of the building. I think unless you are old and know about the process... More 

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Gales Ferry, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

A bit of awkward layout of the museum, but has very well deigned displays. A full day is necessary to see it all.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Old Parliament House is definitely worth having a look, and reflecting on the various events that have happened there when the Australian Government was based there. You're able to explore the various nooks and crannies, the PM's bathroom, or the kitchen area, and of course take a seat in the House of Representatives. There are a few exhibitions to help... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This is a Grand Old Building with so much to tell about Australian Politics. While it might be hard for visitors from o/seas to fully understand its history the building alone and the chambers are great to visit and reflex the past goings on. A guided tour is a must as many of the secrets are better explained rather than... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Great way to utilise a historical building. Lots to see and participate in and effective tours available. Kept in very good condition. Interesting to contrast with the modern Parliament House up the hill.

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Speers Point, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

In Australia we even make politics interesting and Old Parliament House is a great opportunity to relive some of the glory days of politics when real policy mattered!! Pros: This place is literally a museum - you get into the Upper and Lower Houses, sit on leather benches and listen to the ghosts of politics, all of the office have... More 

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