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“A geat heritage building”

Museum of Australian Democracy
Ranked #7 of 215 things to do in Canberra
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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
Canberra, Australia
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“A geat heritage building”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

I went to MOAD with my son's year 6 class. I have been familiar with the building for many years including when it was the Australian Parliament. However I found the educational tour to be unfocussed and disjointed. I think the children found the juxtoposition of civic and political education with heritage and conservation information to be confusing. MOAD needs to decide or be clear about whether it is educating children about democracy or the place.

Visited February 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Fantastic tours and information”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

The Old Parliament building is so impressive, the guides really go out of their way to help you understand life in the Parliament of Australia before the new building was built.

Visited January 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Interesting and historic”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

After a visit to the new parliament building try the old one. Full of fascinating details on the Australian democratic system, all well presented. Canberra a really knows how to spent Aussie tax payers money.

Visited February 2013
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Mona Vale, Australia
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“Belle Tournure”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

The old Parliament House, now the Museum of Australian Democracy is a graceful and elegant building.
Saw a brilliant exhibition of caricatures which is up to the minute of political satire.
The tour is worthwhile providing an insight to the past workings of our parliament.
East parking, beautiful Rose Garden.

Visited January 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A wonderful building with a wonderful history”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Thank goodness for the guides in the old House of Reps and Senate. So interesting, entertaining and knowledgeable. I asked a question about the beautiful woods used in the Senate and, yes, there's a board outside with examples of all the woods used, and where in Oz they came from. It is wonderful to see the PM's private office along with the 1970s bathroom - the same as mine at home! A beautiful painting of John and Janette Howard and of the opening of parliament by HM Queen Elizabeth II on 28/02/1974. I was disappointed that I did not know that the National Portrait Gallery now has a home of its own. That was what I wanted to visit. Next time ...

Visited February 2013
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