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Museum of Australian Democracy

18 King George Terrace | Parkes, Canberra 2600, Australia
02 6270 8222
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Ranked #5 of 110 Attractions in Canberra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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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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cleethorpes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

wonderful evocative building and interesting guided tour good permanent exhibitions and lovely 1920s design

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Hull
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

We visited the museum just after the death of Gough Whitlam but even so the place seemed only of interest to school children, which is a pity. Interesting displays and the political cartoons on the walls of level 1 were amusing, often pithy and pertinent. Museum well set out and 'tucked away' was a small cinema showing interesting films. Nearby... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

This Museum was very good. The Upper and Lower houses are still there for you to go into and sit. It is great to see the behind the scenes. It also has some great exhibits.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Teens and young kids should find something interesting. We had many discussions about how our past history impacted on current times. Especially after the recent passing of Gough Whitlam

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Wonderful to either at your own pace or join the free tour of old Parliament House. Was fun to see where PM's of days gone by would gather and discuss the workings of the country. Loved the old Senate and House of Reps rooms so much more than the new trendy ones. The café served good coffee and a nice... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Every time we have out-of-town visitors the Museum of Australian Democracy is one of the first places we take them to visit. A fascinating overview of our Australian heritage and political history, and even an exhibitiion of the best political cartoons for last year (be quick for this: it finishes at the end of November). Admission by donation (about $2)... More

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Definitely worth the effort to visit. It is such a beautiful place to take your time looking around, where you are taken back in time reviewing Australian History. On each side of the old parliament building there are beautiful rose gardens, with one side being traditional and the other side modern roses. A must see.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Hadn't been here for years and what a pleasant surprise, virtually had a free run of the place . Now more of it is open, most if not all area's are open over 3 floors. There is so much to see and learn from Australia's political past. We Sat in the House of representatives and just soaked up the atmosphere.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

A great place with history that children and adults will enjoy. Staff were polite and helpful. Great photo ops. Food in the cafe on the rooftop is quite good and not as expensive as what u would think. When in Canberra u need to visit here.

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Bendigo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Important for all to have an understanding of our political history. Our guide Jon was informative & humorous. A truly amazing building and an unusual piece of architecture for its time.

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