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Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Housed in one of Australia’s most-loved buildings, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is the first and only museum in Australia dedicated to bringing the story of Australia’s democracy to life— presenting its past, present and possible futures.

While the museum showcases the history of Australian democracy, it continues to pay respect to the heritage values of this former home of Federal Parliament, providing a range of innovative exhibitions, tours and interactive experiences that challenge and inspire. There are also special activities and spaces for children to enjoy.

Highlights include:

  • General guided tours (45 mins)
  • Cabinet-in-Confidence multimedia experience
  • Permanent and temporary exhibitions
  • Hands on Democracy family space
  • iPod stories
  • Program of events, including school holiday activities
  • Cafe

Current exhibitions include Political Porcelain: Penny Byrne, Marnti Warajunga- we’re travelling and Mrs Prime Minister- public image, private lives.

Address: 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra ACT

Phone: +61 (02) 6270 8222

Open: 9.00am – 5.00pm daily except Christmas Day

Entry: $2.00 Adults, $1.00 Children and Concession, $5.00 Family

Special exhibitions free after entry


The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is one of the stops on the Canberra Explorer bus route.