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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  • It was interesting seeing where the politicians and staff worked in cramped conditions in the old house. Sitting in the different chambers getting the feel of how things worked in such a small area.  more »
  • This is my favourite building in all of Canberra. There is so much history here. If those walls could only speak!! Take a tour or wander around. There are always displays here so allow plenty of time ...  more »
  • We did a tour which was excellent for hearing a good summary of how the old building worked as well as interesting gossip. After the tour we went around to spend time looking in hidden corners. Worth ...  more »
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  • We had a great time visiting the old parliament house with our family. The play space for young children was excellent and the reason we attended in the first place. Having decided to visit because of the play space the time spent at the rest of the house was very interesting, particularly the offices which are set up as they were used before the move was made to the new parliament house. I also enjoyed the exibit detailing the ministry of each of our Prime Ministers.
  • Easily spend few hours here, the information is so much. Learn the history of Queen Elizabeth II in Australia, the democracy of the nation. The architecture of the Parliament House is interesting. There is also a children play room, so thoughtful and helpful. There is also something to eat. Staffs are friendly too. The entry fee for a group is just $5.
  • Great packs for kids to explore with. Highly recommended as they were engaged and wanting to stay longer. Amazing history. Well presented. We'll be back soon.
  • 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.
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