Old Parliament House, Canberra

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Built in the 1920s, Old Parliament House is a beautiful national heritage-listed building and a treasured icon. Every part of the building tells a story. Today, it is home to the Museum of Australian Democracy unpacking the secret of our greatest national success story. The story of Australia’s democracy, what it is now, how it got to be this way and what it might become in the future is told in bold and arresting fashion through a range of engaging exhibitions, family activities, tours and events. Inside Old Parliament House is also the Terrace Café and Hoi Polloi restaurant. Make Old Parliament House a part of your Canberra vacation plans using our Canberra holiday planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • An inspiring and interesting place to visit. It is soaked in history and you can visit the chambers, cabinet room, prime minister's office and galleries. Well worth a visit if you come to Canberra. Be...  more »
  • If you are into politics or modern history then this is a gem that is totally like stepping into a time machine all the rooms are fit out like the 70s 80s and has an interesting 20 minute video of rec...  more »
  • We visited old Parliament house and took the free tour. The guide was very informative and had some good stories to tell. It's not hard to imagine what political intrigue would have been going on in t...  more »
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  • A short walk from the current Parliament House and a must see attraction in Canberra if you have never visited. The place tells a lot of stories. Helpful and very friendly volunteer staffs runs and maintains the place. The guide tours are wonderful and educational.
  • Interesting place. I wonder if the two houses were prohibited from going into each others gardens.
  • Lovely old building with the whole history of Australia held within. Outside enjoy the brilliant rose gardens. A must see...time and time again.
  • It's a very interesting building with a lot of different things to see inside. You could spend a whole day there pretty much.
  • Bundles more character than the new Parliament and only five minutes walk from one another. The actual chambers remind me a little of Victoria's state Parliament, although slightly smaller. There are normally a few interesting exhibitions on there too.