Museum of Australian Democracy

Museum of Australian Democracy information

Canberra , Australia
Address
Street Old Parliament House, 18 King George Tce
Extras Parkes
Telephone
+61 2 6270 8222
More information
www.moadoph.gov.au
Prices
adult/concession/family $2/1/5
Opening hours
9am-5pm
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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.