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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  • This is a must see if you are interested in politics, history, craftsmanship and beautiful architecture. There must be something here for everyone. Go on one of the guided tours. You will likely see m...  more »
  • Great old building filled with Australian history. Enjoyed viewing the video on how the Magna Carta influenced democracy. It was also interesting reading bios of all our prime ministers and of the yea...  more »
  • Situated in Old Parliament House this is a must see for all Aussies and Tourists. From the moment you walk up those famous (infamous) white steps this building is packed with so much interesting polit...  more »
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  • A must-see attraction for anyone who lived through any of the events involving politicians who worked there. It's worth taking the time to see it properly … which will take hours and hours. There are a lot of interactive displays, and there are a heap of signs to read – all of which help to enhance memories of the era. I wish I lived nearby so that I could take the time to do more parts of the building in greater depth. Highly recommended.
  • A fantastic piece of Australia's history, and so accessible with nothing locked away from the visiting public. Only $2 to enter, and plenty to see. Don't miss the Press Gallery and the Prime Minister's suite. Recommended.
  • It's great to take a look around OPH and imagine what it looked like when it was in operation. They've done a great job at preserving the building (including the original signage etc.). It's a fantastic venue for a number of events in Canberra - at the enlightened festival last year, they had a session running about freedom of speech in a democracy. Surprisingly enjoyable!
  • Great for kids. The play room is fantastic. The history within is wonderful. Will take a few hours to look through it all but well worth it if you are interested in Australian politics!
  • Excellent exhibitions and a beautifully preserved building. Easy parking options nearby and an easy walk down to other attractions such as the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Questacon and National Library.