Museum of Australian Democracy

Museum of Australian Democracy

Museum of Australian Democracy
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD) is a living museum of social and political history. Located in a nationally significant heritage building, MoAD’s exhibitions, guided tours and family activities invite you to consider the past, present and future of our democracy and why it matters. See the historic spaces where some of Australia’s key moments happened, from the Senate and House of Representatives chambers to the Prime Minister’s Office. Free entry. Guided tours available daily. Open 9am – 5pm every day (except Christmas Day).
Duration: 1-2 hours
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KBofLB
Littleborough, UK552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
There are two elements to a visit to what was for many years until 1988 the Australian Parliament. To begin with, there is an explanation about the chamber given by a guide. This was very helpful in two ways. Firstly, it related to the specific physical features of the chamber. Secondly, the similarities and differences between the Australian and British parliaments were enumerated.
After that talk visitors are at liberty to wander around the other rooms. There are helpful information points in them. Here again, there is a contrast with the British parliament. The offices of all the principal government ministers and their advisers are grouped together. Truly, these are 'the corridors of power'. This contrasts with London where all ministerial offices are in Whitehall rather than in the Houses of Parliament.
Our group of 150+ then had lunch at the building which was much enjoyed.
Written 14 March 2024
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,618 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I made a spontaneous visit here on the way between the NGA and New Parliament on foot. I am so glad I did. You can see the old chambers of parliament and even sit on the benches. You see the Prime Minister's office and there are lots of interesting things to read. Well worth it!
Written 11 March 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, which was the home to the Commonwealth Parliament from 1927 to 1988. Old Parliament House recalls many crucial events in the history of the Australian nation. It's open Monday to Sunday, entry is free.
Written 8 September 2023
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raelene j
surfers paradise129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Great time. Lots to see and do.step back in time. One criticism- no cash payments at cafe, only card
Written 12 August 2023
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Nick M
Frenchs Forest, Australia966 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This was a surprise!!!
What an impressive building and piece of Australian government to visit. Whatever expectations we had were blown away as this place exceeded everything we thought this building could offer.
It’s been kept in character, and even though the House of Reps was closed for renovations the rest was fantastic.
Make sure to leave plenty of time, 2-3 hours.
Written 5 August 2023
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C8428BFchrisw
Adelaide, Australia170 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Did the free tour on site here - very informative and gave lots of information about the history of Canberra, the site and Australia. Could also wander around various galleries and pieces of information
Written 17 July 2023
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Sightseer200968
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Spend time here, very educational and informative. Excellent historic content and you will need at least 2-3 hours to touch the surface of what’s available to absorb
Written 22 May 2023
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Abbykat
Wollongong, Australia1,566 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Behind the Lines 2022, the political cartoons that are showcased here every year are exceptional this year with many laugh out loud funny cartoons.
I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition and think it was one of the best we've seen.
There's plenty to see in this beautiful building as well. Entry is free, and we managed to get a 1 hour free parking spot out the front as it was late in the afternoon, and we only needed an hour.
Written 15 May 2023
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David C
Samford, Australia546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Amazing!! Well worth the time and effort. We self walked around this beautiful building, The Old Parliament House.

The staff and volunteers were absolutely full of knowledge, history and were so interesting to listen to.

Each of the areas (nearly everything) is accessible and has been set up as it was during a parliamentary sitting week in history.

The fascinating way it is put together just worked. We wondered the corridors and rooms foe several hours, listening, looking and learning.

There are several tours during the day that would have been good to catch but didn't fit with our schedule.

If visiting here, I would recommend going to New Parliament House first, walk down the hill to Old Parliament House, walk around, and then continue down to the lake and the International Flag Display.

I highly recommend visiting Old Parliament House and the Museum.
Written 5 May 2023
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Tamsin H
Sydney, Australia655 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
We had a fantastic guided tour. There is so much to see here it's definitely worth a visit or two. The exhibition on journalism was fantastic as was the one on political cartoons.
Written 23 April 2023
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