Museum of Australian Democracy

Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra: Hours, Address, Museum of Australian Democracy Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of Australian Democracy

Museum of Australian Democracy
4.5
Speciality Museums • Architectural Buildings • Children's Museums • History Museums • Government Buildings
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Located in the nationally heritage listed Old Parliament House, MoAD is an inspiring experience in one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Offering authentically restored heritage spaces, thought provoking exhibitions and fun family trails, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Wander through the restored Chambers and Prime Minister's suite, discover first hand stories of journalists in Truth, Power and a Free Press, laugh at the year's best political cartoons in Behind the Lines and more. Kids will enjoy the free daily facilitated craft activities in our PlayUP space. Open daily 9.00am–5.00pm (closed Christmas Day) Entry: Free
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Judysim
Brisbane, Australia137 contributions
This is really worth the visit
Aug. 2021 • Couples
This was better than I expected. Maybe it is my generation (late 50’s) but I was engrossed by the history to explore. So much to read and watch. Displays and exhibitions are really well done. So much to see.
Written 8 August 2021
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Christopher172
Brisbane, Australia84 contributions
The Energies of our Political Past run Deep in this Building
May 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 do!
It is refreshing to see a number of new displays and video documentaries.
I highly recommend seeing the video interviews being shown of past Prime Ministers discussing their rival political opponents who became Prime Ministers.
Unfortunately at my time of visiting, major maintenance works were being undertaken and a number of areas including the Parliamentary Dining Room were closed.
Written 21 June 2021
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Andrew Q
Sydney293 contributions
Media Exhibition
Jun. 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
Written 16 June 2021
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Rosie
Sydney, Australia19 contributions
Visit the new and old Parliament houses
May 2021 • Family
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 experience
Written 14 June 2021
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Caroline
Perth, Australia15 contributions
Worth it for the Parliamentary Suite
Jun. 2021
Old Parliament House has an elegance that is absent from the new guy. It is a beautiful old building and the displays inside are thoughtfully assembled. It is wonderful to be able to go through all the different areas of the house, but the best part is the Parliamentary Suite. A complete step back in time.
Thanks to the staff also - so friendly :)
Written 8 June 2021
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Rose
9 contributions
Awesome cartoon exhibition.
Jun. 2021
Extremely helpful staff and a fun engaging political cartoon exhibition. Whoever put this together did a fantastic job, it's all clearly labelled. Superb work.
You can also sit down and draw a dog...so cute!
Written 4 June 2021
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Stephen R
Sydney, Australia982 contributions
Amazing interactive museum, a must visit for all interested in Australian history, politics and democracy!
May 2021
The Museum of Australian Democracy is an amazing free attraction that brings Australian history and democracy to life! It is a really unique experience to be able to sit on the floor of what was a functioning parliament and visit offices previously used by Prime Ministers, ministers and more. If you have time the guided tours are an absolute must. I can highly recommend the Indigenous Experiences of Democracy tour, the tour guide Rose was very knowledgeable and engaging and I learned a lot.

Don't miss this on your trip to Canberra!
Written 30 May 2021
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Thomas’s
Levanto, Italy345 contributions
Old Parliament House is well worth a visit.
Apr. 2021
This was the highlight of our trip to Canberra this time around. Only better and more informative attraction would be the War Memorial, but we didn't visit it this time.

The guided tour was really just a short chat - standing around the model of the building, in the time of Covid, but none-the-less it was informative and entertaining.

The kids particularly loved the exhibits as it should the workings of an office in another time. Onld phones, fax machines, Telex etc, and they could engage with the exhibits.

More enjoyable than New Parlimaent House if you only have time for one.
Written 15 May 2021
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JennyC0309
Scarborough, Australia368 contributions
Every Australian should visit here
May 2021 • Couples
What a wonderfully interesting museum. It's like stepping back to the 1970s & 80s in a time capsule, as if everything was left as is when they moved to new Parliament House. This is a must see.
Written 12 May 2021
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anne r
Brisbane, Australia18 contributions
Don't miss it!
May 2021
So much more than just Old Parliament House. Great displays and engaging exhibits. So much warmth and character in the building and it's furnishings. Allow at least half a day to do this place justice.
Written 9 May 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm