We poll Daryl Karp for a few of her favourite Canberra things
Exterior view of Old Parliament House in Canberra, the location of the Museum of Australian Democracy

What object in your collection says Australia?

We have many fabulous objects in our collection but my favourite, and the most significant, is the building. As a symbol of Australia’s unity and democracy it is unparalleled.

What do you have an emotional connection with?

I have a special connection with my office! Formerly, the office of Paul Keating when he was treasurer, it is an everyday reminder of ordinary people rising to do extraordinary things, and what an enormous privilege it is to work here.

‘Canberra is ...’

...unexpected. Throw away any preconceived ideas you may have about Canberra and come and see what a fresh and vibrant city it is.

What surprises people most about MOAD?

I’m not sure if it is a surprise but what always seems to capture people is the beauty of the building, the lively sense of history and the varied exhibitions and events on offer.

Who are your most famous visitors?

All the prime ministers, the governors-general, the Queen… but what is really special about this building is that it was, and always will be, the people’s house.