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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 felt lukewarm about the exhibits - they didn't grab or interest me or make me think or wonder. It was a mish mash of nothing much. there should have been a lot more interesting... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Canberra, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I felt lukewarm about the exhibits - they didn't grab or interest me or make me think or wonder. It was a mish mash of nothing much. there should have been a lot more interesting exhibits. We took our baby in a stroller and the palaver to enter is amazing. It is not at all family friendly except for the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Excellent volunteer staff in the beautiful old building. Art deco fixtures and fittings and wonderful paintings of our old prime ministers. Well worth a visit.

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Richmond North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We spent the morning here. We enjoyed the architecture and sanding around the building...lots of fascinating detail throughout but especially in the main chambers. Catch a knowledgeable and amusing tour guide ... We tagged along for more details .... The rise gardens outside were a delight. We stopped off in the cafe for divine pastries made on site and one... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

A living museum, lots of things from the past on display but the most interesting fact I learned is Canberra is less than 100 years old as a city. From original architectural drawings laying out Canberra to the lego bricks provided to allow kids to build their own model of a city this was a very good display. There are... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Having visited Canberra on a number of occasions I realised that I had never been to old parliament house. We decided on our last day to pop in. For only $2 each and ample parking located immediately around the parliament house, we spent about 4 hours discovering the history of Australian Politics. There are heaps of interactive exhibits and the... More 

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Googong NSW
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

"Behind the Lines" is an annual display of cartoons culled from Australian newspapers over the preceding twelve months. Alongside each cartoon is a commentary to the events to which the cartoon alludes. There are plenty of hands-on things for younger folk to do, and a video showing a number of cartoonists at work. An enjoyable experience, that can be followed... More 

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melbourne australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We loved the preservation of an era now passed and in stark contrast to the new Parliament House. It was wonderful to see the working spaces hear the voices and see photos of Parliament in a bygone era. Whether you are interested in politics or not this is a wonderfully interesting experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The Old Parliament House must feature upon your list of things to do in Canberra. It is easily accessible with plenty of parking and the entry price is a simple gold coin donation. It is fantastic to be able to walk through the old halls and offices which would have once been buzzing with energy. Even better are the old... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This building is more or less why Canberra is where it is. It costs only a couple of dollars and the tours are great. Our guide, Elizabeth, was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable, talking all about the building's history, behind the scenes goings-on, and the parliamentary system. The Houses themselves are the highlight, but equally as intriguing is the PM's office... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is a must see in Canberra. A walk through the past history of this wonderful country we live in, loving cared for and open for all to enjoy. There is a Menzies exhibition on at this time plus an interactive called Power of 1 where you can voice your opinions and changes you would have made, Crisis1914 The Call... More 

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