Museum of Australian Democracy

Museum of Australian Democracy

Please note, while restrictions put in place to respond to COVID-19 are easing, there may be some changes to business-as-usual to keep workers and visitors safe. Please contact the business for the most up to date information, including opening times and social distancing measures.

With authentically restored heritage areas and inspiring contemporary exhibitions, MoAD offers an exciting adventure in one iconic building.

Let our guides take you on the popular Building History tour to learn more about the history of Old Parliament House or explore our latest exhibitions at your own pace.

Step back in time and visit the authentically preserved spaces of historic Old Parliament House including the House of Representatives Chamber and Prime Minister’s Suite.

Discover exhibitions that celebrate the stories and spirit of our democracy and the power of our voices within it including Democracy. Are You In? and Yours Faithfully.

Due to current restrictions, things will be a little different than usual, but we still have our signature MoAD welcome ready for you. The health and safety of our visitors and staff is important to us and we encourage you to help us protect our community. Please book your free Museum Pass before you arrive to avoid a wait and if you feel unwell, please postpone your visit.

We have been working hard to implement increased hygiene protocols and you can learn more about those here.

If you cannot come to us just yet, experience MoAD online through our website and social media channels. You can virtually visit the Behind the Lines exhibition online or take part in weekly craft sessions through On Air PlayUP.
  • The spiritual home of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House
    The spiritual home of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House
  • Live out your rockstar dreams in the Behind the Lines family space
    Live out your rockstar dreams in the Behind the Lines family space
  • Dress up as the Speaker of the House
    Dress up as the Speaker of the House
  • Get crafty in PlayUP, daily from 10.30am until 12.30pm
    Get crafty in PlayUP, daily from 10.30am until 12.30pm
  • Sit in the very place where history happened - The Senate Chamber
    Sit in the very place where history happened - The Senate Chamber
  • Go on an adventure through MoAD with a Superhero Action Pack
    Go on an adventure through MoAD with a Superhero Action Pack
  • Explore Australia's media history in Truth, Power and a Free Press
    Explore Australia's media history in Truth, Power and a Free Press
  • Laugh out loud at the best political cartoons of the year in Behind the Lines
    Laugh out loud at the best political cartoons of the year in Behind the Lines

DETAILS

OPENING HOURS

Daily: 9am - 5pm except Christmas Day.

COSTS

Between $1.00 and $5.00
$1 for children* and concession
$2 for adults
$5 for family

*Children under 5 are free

ACCESSIBILITY

Disabled access available, contact operator for details

Location

Museum of Australian Democracy

18 King George Terrace, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Features

Cafe

Carpark

Conference/Function Facilities

Family Friendly

Games or recreation room

Non Smoking Establishment

Parents Room

Restaurant

Reviews

TripAdvisor traveller rating

BASED ON 1275 REVIEWS

Ranked #4 of 225 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor

“The Energies of our Political Past run Deep in this Building”

Reviewed on 20/06/2021

It a number of years since I have had the pleasure of visiting Canberra and specifically the old Parliament House.
To anyone visiting our Nations' Capital this political monument is a must see and...

Review by

Christopher172

“Media Exhibition”

Reviewed on 16/06/2021

A small but interesting exhibition on the coverage of politics in the media was on. This was in the ABC's former studios on site which were interesting to see in themselves

Review by

Andrew Q

“Visit the new and old Parliament houses”

Reviewed on 14/06/2021

What a great experience we have. All the workplaces were left as if someone still working there. All the old equipments were a hit for our boys to see - old tv, typewriter etc. quite fun for them to...

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