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Museum of Australian Democracy

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Address: Old Parliament House 18 King George Tce | Parkes, Canberra 2600, Australia
Phone Number: 02 6270 8222
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Housed in one of Australia’s most-loved buildings, the Museum of Australian...

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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Even though the focus is on the new Parliament House, suggest you visit the original to fully appreciate the history of our government. Great reflection and our young kids loved... read more

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Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even though the focus is on the new Parliament House, suggest you visit the original to fully appreciate the history of our government. Great reflection and our young kids loved the old rooms.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

An amazing look at the old Parliament house and where our political system came from. The whole building accurately reflects technology of the time and is an enjouable walk through history. Guided tour well worth the time.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The way this museum has been preserved from when it was vacated was a highlight for the tour. To be able to access where the Prime Minister worked for greater part of the 20th century was very interesting.

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had a lovely time soaking up the beautiful building and literally smelling the history. Felt Gough in every room. Thought we'd end with a lovely cup of tea and a treat at the cafe. What a disappointment. Waited too long for our tea to be served. Bit of entertainment watching the people before us all on the queue going off... More 

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Thank geekayypee
Bathurst, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I grew up in Canberra and my Dad worked in this building so it has real historical significance for me. The enduring image for me of old Parliament House is The Dismissal. It’s a lovely old building and even a quick tour shows why we needed the much larger current house of Parliament, this one is quite small. There are... More 

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful building and well worth a visit. Would have liked to see the library in original condition rather than as museum. Very interestIng touring offices. Real time capsule. Tour guide a bit of a sycophant rather than storyteller. Expected more anecdotes from tour. Cafe in foyer crap. Don't recommend eating here. Otherwise worthwhile.

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Grafton, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited Canberra on a weekend with a group of friends and visited Old Parliament House. A tour commenced as we arrived and although we hadn't intended to do so we drifted in with the group. The group was mainly Australians as well as three young Spaniards. The tour guide was appalling. There were obtuse references to foreign politicians who... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are over 50 then this is a must see. I went to Old Parliament House as a child but there was very limited access. Now every room including the original PMs office is open to walk through. More history associated with the rooms would be useful. Really worth a visit. Make sure the press gallery rooms upstairs are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Regularly take my 1 year old granddaughter to the "Play Up" an area set aside for young children. It has a large area with plenty to do with younger children, or even for them to do by themselves. Includes books, bean bags, blocks and other things for building with, plus... She just loves the area. Good free WiFi and a... More 

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Geraldton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tour is well worth it, free and informative the volunteers are very knowledgeable. Worth a few hour or more as there is a lot to see of Australia's political history. The cartoons of the politicians are very witty.

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