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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: +61 2 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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Behind the Lines exhibition is a must see

The behind the lines exhibition on in December - with no additional fee to enter - is a reason in its self to visit Old Parliament house. Its a great collection of cartoons from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Michael F
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Canberra, Australia

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The behind the lines exhibition on in December - with no additional fee to enter - is a reason in its self to visit Old Parliament house. Its a great collection of cartoons from the past year and while most reflect the very busy 2016 year in Australian politics there are some that reflect overseas events such as Brexit and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visiting museums is usually not a main focus in my travels, however I do try to visit museums to learn about the history of the place I am in, and this museum turned out to be really great. The old parliament house is just that: The Old Parliament House. You can go inside the rooms 'where the action happened' and... More 

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Merimbula, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The most under- valued, what I would call a, museum in Australia. The history of our democratic system unfolds before your eyes. Every visitor to Canberra needs to visit the M of AD.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommend the best political cartoons exhibition of 2016 that opened today. It's in the basement.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice Art Deco foyer. Lots of very interesting short films running in different rooms. Shame about the Aboriginal tents and banners in front of the building ...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Entry is free. Donation boxes are at the entrance. Fascinating place. The guides and staff loved their jobs and they liked to try to bring history to life. The museum really talked about the people their achievements. I am glad I visited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed an afternoon walking through old Parliament House. From sitting in the backbenches of the House of representatives to visiting the pary rooms and Prime Minister's office suite whilst hearing Prime Minister's speeches from the past broadcast through the building-wide speaker system was a nostalgic experience. Everything has been made to look as if the staff have just gone... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A tribute to early politics in Australia from 1927 until 1988, there are many displays to look at and access to both chambers, the party rooms, the Prime Ministers office etc. There is a small entry fee and the option of a free guided tour, I would recommend taking one. If you are interested in the evolution of Australian politics... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We opted to go to the New Parliament house before visiting the old- which worked out great. The parliament were sitting today so seeing it all in action and then comparing at the old parlia ment house! Alot of information set out well! Rooms set as if in use which was great to visualise! Worth a visit!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would recommend a visit here to anyone who is interested in Australian history. The building itself is such a lovely old building, both inside and out, and all the displays provide so much information about our political history. We did a self guided tour of the building, but guided tours are also available. The offices themselves looked like the... More 

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