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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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Canberra Trip 2016

I was really impressed with the museum, as an adult it was nice to appreciate the seat of democracy up till the 1980's and for kids the Play zone is really well done with lots to... read more

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was really impressed with the museum, as an adult it was nice to appreciate the seat of democracy up till the 1980's and for kids the Play zone is really well done with lots to amuse the kids. The Dress up area is a bit of fun, though they could do with a few more items for the smaller... More 

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Mansfield, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to visit, has an atmosphere that can't be replicated by the current Parliament House. Did one of the free 45 min tours. Our tour guide obviously worked there for a long time, and his insight added immensely to the experience. We will be going back for more..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place has it all.... Lots of information about our democracy, beautiful architecture from yesteryear for the adults and an amazing play space for toddlers and children. Our kids aged 1, 8, 9 and 11 all thoroughly enjoyed our visit to old Parliament House. Make sure you spend time in the play up space. This was a highlight of our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This wonderful museum is engaging and informative. Our family all rated it as one of the highlights of our Canberra visit. Being able to get up close to things (sitting on the front bench in the House of Representatives, looking through the "spy hole" to the prime ministers office, and for my kids, learning to use a rotary dial telephone... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our first Parliament house has been turned into the museum of democracy and one doesn't have to be politically minded or even interested in politics but anyone interested in history will find this a brilliant place to visit. You can feel the ghosts of the past in the building which surprisingly is very wheelchair friendly. Anyone going to Canberra who... More 

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

It was like stepping back in time. Right back into the 70's. Original decor of that era, which was interesting in itself. Really lovely architecture, history and the Menzies exhibit. My boys were totally amused by the old style telephones. Worth visiting.

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Point Cook, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Magnificent old building of past era. Decor & furnishings are well cared for. Excellent tour, very knowledgeable guide who took us through many rooms in the building. Menzies exhibition was on Which was fantastic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

great way to showcase the history in its real way, can see things how they were. amazing building as well, very impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What amazed me the most was the accessibility of the old Parliament House to the public. It seemed to me that Australian politicians were much more closely connected to the people than they are in other western democracies. It was refreshing. It was also fascinating how modestly the interior of the structure was decorated. It really struck me as being... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting visit to our old Parliament House. The rooms have been cleverly styled to match the eras represented. Lots of motion-activated sounds and interactive features.

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