Old Parliament House, Canberra

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
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 Fyshwick vacation plans using our Fyshwick holiday planner.
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  • OPH always has interesting events and is rotating and refreshing their displays often. I'm impressed at how much they cater for children's interests and embrace seasonal events for their own activitie...  read more »
  • A great place to visit the history of everything political in Australia, entry fee is minimal and great services. However no photos are allowed unfortunately. 
  • We did not expect to be able to visit as much of the the old Parliament house as we were able to. It is a great step back in history to look at the architecture and the workings of the Parliament. We ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Nice perspective of australian political history. Good tours with anecdotal stories. Could miss out on the high tea at the cafe there. Decent kids area
  • It was great, especially being and student. It's so historical, and it is my favourite place it Canberra. I would have liked to go into the former senate though and take photo. Overall, it was great.
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