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Museum of Australian Democracy

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Address: Old Parliament House 18 King George Tce | Parkes, Canberra 2600, Australia
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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This attraction was far, far, far more than initially expected. Our intention was to visit the downstairs exhibition (which we did -- but then spend some solid hours actually... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Brisbane, Australia

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Brisbane, Australia
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This attraction was far, far, far more than initially expected. Our intention was to visit the downstairs exhibition (which we did -- but then spend some solid hours actually exploring the venue. Absolutely Intriguing... Hidden corridors, secret offices, makes the imagination run wild. Signage, commentary and exhibition elements to the House are well-designed and provide the perfect amount of detail.

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent a nice couple of hours taking a behind-the-scenes tour, plus the kids did an adventure trail and ended up playing in the Play Up rooms and then had a hilarious time in the dress-ups room. This is a really nice family outing if you have a half-day free in Canberra - it's only $5 for a whole family... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a really fascinating insight into how government operated before the new Parliament House. Small and pokey with severe space restrictions, all the original furniture and equipment is there (check out the Bakelite light switches!) The staff and guides were very friendly and passionate about the place (our guide had actually worked there for a minister).

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Greater Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went there with friends to view the exhibition of political cartoons - always a real treat every year; and this year's selection was probably the best ever, so we all enjoyed many laughs. Our friends hadn't visited OPH before, apart from one who was on a school trip many years ago, so we explored the building. The main chambers were... More 

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

I found a visit to the Old Parliament House much more interesting than the new! For only a gold coin it's a really interesting and cheap way to while away a few hours. Australian political history is well displayed and in some areas it's almost like stepping back in time with offices set out as if they were still in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a great way to see the workings of the original parliament house. It is fascinating to see the inside of the very small rooms, the old typewriters, cardigans and coats on the backs of chairs, the tiny press gallery area, and the minute radio room. How the parliamentarians and staff existed in this small building for so long... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Between the lines (the year's best in political cartoons) is becoming a favourite for a visit to Canberra. In a city of many exhibits, it is to walk through an exhibit and hear people laughing out loud in front of many works and visibly challenged by some others as they take in the messages. How quintessentially Australian that in our... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has an array of well crafted displays depicting the various segments of Australia's political history. It captures your attention far more than many other museums and is a real credit to its staff. Absolutely worth a visit and a tour with one of the informative guides.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A well worthwhile place to visit providing interesting displays and commentaries on our political heritage. Staff are helpful and ready to take questions and provide well informed answers. It is really a must for visitors to Canberra particularly in conjunction with a visit to the contemporary and current Parliament "up the hill".

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic walk through history. You can access parts of the house you can't get anywhere near in the new location. The PM's office, party rooms, Senate Suite. All for a gold coin donation. Was an outstanding surprise.

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