Museum of Australian Democracy
National Archives of Australia
Canberra's original post office now houses the National Archives, a repository for Commonwealth government records in the form of...
This hands-on science and technology centre is a child magnet due to its lively, educational and just-plain-fun interactive exhibits....
National Portrait Gallery
This gallery tells the story of Australia through its faces – from wax cameos of Aboriginal tribespeople to colonial portraits of the...
The members of parliament could only have dreamt of being so well fed when this place was the humble parly dining room. These days...
Museum of Australian Democracy information
Lonely Planet review
It was the seat of government from 1927 to 1988, so this building offers visitors a whiff of bygone parliamentary activity alongside its exhibits. These won't be particularly meaningful for non-Aussies, but all those who have studied Australian history or followed the histrionics and high-jinx in Canberra over the decades will be transported back to many significant events in the relatively short life of its parliamentary democracy. Displays cover Australian prime ministers, the roots of global and local democracy, and the history of local protest movements. You can also visit the old Senate and House of Representative chambers, the parliamentary library and the prime minister's office.
Off the entrance foyer is the Kitchen Cabinet , a great little cafe serving pies, quiches, sandwiches and excellent coffee.
The lawn in front of Old Parliament House is home to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy – an important site in the struggle for equality and representation for indigenous Australians. Reconciliation Place , where artwork represents the nation's commitment to the cause of reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, is down on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin.