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. Take a look at our Canberra driving holiday tool to schedule your visit to Old Parliament House and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • So much history imbued in this building. Take the free tour well worth it. We were intrigued by the political cartoons downstairs, very funny and clever.  more »
  • Great exhibition of the previous years political cartoons. This is an annual event and excellent for Australians to review the political year through a graphic and Witt perspective. Great fun lots of ...  more »
  • If you want to know more about our political history this is the place to learn. Staff are very informative and friendly. The free tour is a must.  more »
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  • Found the visit quite interesting. The displays were nicely done and informative. Even enjoyed the press gallery. Well worth a visit. The only disappointment were the gardens, unless you really love roses.
  • Great place for a quick visit when in Canberra. Even if you're like me and not the museum type. They have a floor full of years best political cartoons and caricatures. Most are quote humorous and very relevant to recent political events. Wandering around the old senate and house of rep halls was also quite nice. There are also interesting visual presentation of political timelines and displays of significant events such as suffrage movement with interactive digital features - makes the experience well worth it.
  • The tours are the best. This is a great place to stop and have a look around. They have done an amazing job keeping everything exactly they were the day the politicians moved out and enter the NEW parliament house. They even have thoughtful play area for the kids. Drop in and you will enjoy your time there.
  • A great place to take older children. The information provided is aimed at adults but can be adapted to suit teenagers and older children. The displays provide a glimpse into the past of Australian politics. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and happy to tell their experiences.
  • A nice quiet environment to see the Australian ways of politics and history. Staffs are friendly and very helpful. We were happy to pay $5 entry but then realised there are other exhibitions that requires more payment which we gladly skipped. Parking outside was only 1 hour so beware of the time you spend there. Overall a good experience.

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