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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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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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So interesting and a great piece of Australian history!!

Not only is this a historic building in Australia's story, but it is now a fantastic museum. If you take the guided tour (which I recommend), you are able to sit in each of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 October 2016
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Not only is this a historic building in Australia's story, but it is now a fantastic museum. If you take the guided tour (which I recommend), you are able to sit in each of the parliament chambers and hear stories about the running of the country, but even if you visit alone it is a great opportunity to actually be... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

A history of not only of Australian politics but also the creation of our great country. Read about the Magna Carta, see the Prime Ministers Office and private quarters, the Cabinet Room with its soundproof walls etc. Highly recommended.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

The museum is well worth a visit. It is a beautiful old builiding in itself but also has excellent displays and information on our democratic history.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is a tremendous place to see the history of our politics. It’s not just about the politicians but also about the media with a whole area buzzing with recordings and props of the time. You can walk in the old party rooms and offices as well as the main chambers. Lots of notable pieces and gems from the past.... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Great to see such a lot of the political past. Very informative and the Press Rooms were very well presented. The interior decor of the main areas was very imposing. Jed422

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

It has a great display of how the parliament was set up in the old days and the time seems to stop there. Opens7 days a week and tours are available. Next to the main entrance there is a great coffee shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Visited during the school holidays with a 6 and 9 year old. They enjoyed the superhero activity (a scavenger type hunt around the museum), set in the chairs of past senators and MPs, dressed up and took crazy photos, and even got to play radio announcers interviewing past prime ministers! We even discovered an old working LP turntable in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Old Parliament House has a bit more character than the new building. It's amazing you can actually sit in the seats at the House of Reps and Senate where previous leaders have sat. They also have a number of artefacts on past politics etc which are very interesting. We can also recommend the scones and tea is the cafe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

What an amazing experience to relive the past , Wander around at your own leisure or take a tour, You will not be disappointed and there is so much to see that the time just slips away. This is a must see and so enjoyable

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 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 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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