Old Parliament House, Canberra

4.7
#5 of 19 in Museums in Canberra
Specialty Museum Museum
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.
Create an itinerary including Old Parliament House
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
928 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • On holiday in Canberra and found the visit interesting and most informative. The volunteer guide Susan Farrelly was extremely good, remarkably knowledgeable and willing to make sure we got the very be...  more »
  • We came here for about an hour to check out the lovely old building. It only cost about $5 for a family to visit, which was affordable. We had a great wander & really enjoyed all the beautiful woodwor...  more »
  • Another must see in Canberra, check out the paintings of our past Prime Ministers. This building has a wonderful aura about it.  more »
Google
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Canberra

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Canberra

To stay comfortably near most main attractions in Canberra, choose a hotel in the city's central district. If you're a bit more budget-minded, look for a guesthouse in a neighborhood farther away from the city center. Residential areas offer more parking and quieter rooms at a fraction of the price charged by big-name centrally located hotels. Rental apartments spread across Canberra serve as another cozy option and offer lodgings ranging from simply furnished to luxurious five-star properties.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Canberra by other users

21 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Australia BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA December, culture, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Australia BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 37 days in Australia BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 38 days in Australia BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Australia BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 25 days in Australia BY A USER FROM ISLE OF MAN December, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 52 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 14 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in Australia BY A USER FROM BELGIUM November, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: November, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Australia SEE PLAN June, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans