Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Also known as
  • Old Parliament House
About Us

Decades of politics and passion echo through the corridors of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, making it one of Australia's most memorable heritage attractions.

Visitors can experience an atmosphere steeped in history, revisit dramatic events and enjoy the 1920s architecture and fine design.

  • The museum offers an exciting program of exhibitions and engaging activities which explain how the building, its spaces and objects connect us with Australian democracy.



Please click here to view our most recent Exhibitions.

Our Collection

Our heritage collection includes all objects that were a part of or used in the Old Parliament House building prior to its closure in 1988. The heritage collection is protected by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The Old Parliament House building is the prime 'object' in the collection.

Our collection

School Tours

Our programs and resources designed for school groups closely tie in with the Australian curriculum, specifically relating to Civics and Citizenship and Australian History.

All school programs are approximately one hour and are free after entry. Entry to the museum is $1 per student; teachers and coach drivers are free. Bookings for school groups are essential.

To book

1.Choose a school program

2.Email or phone (02) 6270 8282

3.We'll need to know:

  • Your name, school and contact details
  • Grade of the group attending

Date you would like to come to the museum

  • Preferred program
  • Number of student and adult participants
  • Any special needs or requirements that are unique to the group
  • If you are claiming the PACER rebate
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Museum Information

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House tells the story of Australian democracy and continues to pay respect to the heritage values of this former home of Federal Parliament.

The history of Australia's democracy encompasses our laws and institutions, as well as the way we live as a society.

The Museum of Australian Democracy acknowledges that democracy has been experienced by different groups in different ways, and this is reflected in the balanced range of narratives and experiences presented. See the visiting page for information about daily tours and activities.