Old Parliament House, Canberra

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#5 of 23 in Museums in Canberra
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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  • October 9, 2017
    Our family were a bit pushed for time and debated whether to go here. So glad we did. It really is a fabulous place to look through - so much history, and a lovely building. Nominal entrance charge. D...  more »
  • October 8, 2017
    Stand on the steps where Gough Whitlam denounced the Governor-General, visit the office of the Prime Minister and imagine Menzies, Whitlam, Fraser, McMahon, Keating & co belting away at their politica...  more »
  • October 7, 2017
    I had not been in the old Parliament House since it was in operation. What a great experience along with the access to areas that were once only seen from a distance if at all. The volunteer staff wer...  more »
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  • July 20, 2017
    What a fantastic place to get a look into the history of Canberra and its politics. The staff and volunteers are very polite and helpful with lots of interesting information about the building itself and its many uses. The cafe is quite basic, but it does meet the needs of an avid museum visitor. Each room is setup to the original building specifications and allows for a very close up look into the lives of every person who worked closely to the Prime Ministers of the time. It really is a fantastic experience for anyone interested in history and politics.
  • September 14, 2017
    I was here for a meeting in the member's dining room. It's a nice old building but the walls inhibit mobile telephone signal strength. No free wi-fi from what I could see. Nice scones catered for morning tea.
  • June 26, 2017
    Top place to spend some quality time with the very little ones, and plenty of toys and colours and fun learning to help stimulate your toddler or baby. Very much love this place, walked out with a very fulfilled heart. Then so found its donation based! Zomg! Amazing.
  • June 19, 2017
    I was very disappointed. We were a group of 7. 6 ordered Salmon and one Pasta meal. All the Salmon meals were under cooked still cold in the middle. We returned 3 of them and given new meals. Coffee was then free. Dessert was delivered no cutlery. Coffee was delivered no sugar on the table. For a place that has a lovely setting it was disappointing. My Mother use to work there so wewere hoping for great things.
  • July 22, 2017
    Very good Museum. There is very fun activities to do, with great exhibits, and nice staff. I highly recommend.

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