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“Must visit when in our National Capital”

Museum of Australian Democracy
Ranked #3 of 257 things to do in Canberra
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Housed in one of Australia’s most-loved buildings, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House brings the journey of Australian democracy to life— presenting its past, present and possible futures.Enjoy a range of innovative exhibitions, tours and exhibitions that challenge and inspire. There are also special activities and spaces for children to explore.Open 9am - 5pm 7 days a week, except Christmas DayAdmission: $2.00 Adults $1.00 Concession $5.00 FamilyAll exhibitions free after entryAssisted entry available
Reviewed 4 April 2018

Well worth a visit - last visit was 2 years ago and this time there is much more to see - I visited to 5 hours! Lots of great exhibitions as well as the ability to visit the places and spaces that have played such a large part in Australia's political history. Opens at 9am, 1 hour earlier than anything else in the area, so a great place to start your visit to the museums and sites in the Parliamentary Triangle. Don't miss this place!!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Besides getting to know more about the political scene in Australia, there is a play area for the kids, which they enjoyed very much.

Thank tysee
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

For history and architecture fans, this is a must see. Beautifully preserved inside and out, with lots of information relating to the history of the Australian Parliamentary System - with many references to notable Aussie Politicians from the past! The architecture is obviously late 20's (seeing as it was opened in 1927), and it is interesting to compare this architecture (and finish) with other contemporary buildings - such as the (now restored) Hydro Majestic at Medlow Baths, and the similar-era Caves House at Jenolan Caves. VERY similar styles of both plasterwork and timber panelling. The gardens are delightful - and owing to seasonal variation, well worth a second (or third) visit just to note seasonal changes.

Definitely a "must see" if in or around Canberra!

1  Thank Timea S
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

A really engaging trip down memory lane for anyone interested in Australia’s political history. Very funny cartoons in the basement. Both chambers open to the public as well the Prime Minister’s chamber. Guided tours give interesting information. Lovely terrace café to rest weary feet.

1  Thank Owen B
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Straight-up, this is a large building with plenty to see. I particularly liked the Prime Minister's room with their authentic portrayal of items used in the day - soft drink cans/crunched-up paper in the bins etc. The children really enjoyed orating as a radio announcer with Howard/Hawks as guest speakers. There is an excellent area put aside for children to engage in art/playing/lounging around.

There is an excellent area detailing all of the prime ministers @ near the prime minister's room is a screen where recent prime ministers discuss the careers of other prime ministers.

Overall, an excellent attraction that you need to put on your to do list. A bonus for families is the cost of entry - $5 total entry cost.

1  Thank Doug T
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