Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

The Museum of Australian Democracy is presently housed in Old Parliament House, which is a short walk from New Parliament House at the base of Capital Hill. The building was created in the “stripped classical” style and was occupied by the Australian Parliament until 1988, when New Parliament House was officially opened by the Duke of York (later King George VI). It was once known as Provisional Parliament House, and it served as a temporary construction until a permanent structure could be developed and built, which took 61 years to complete.

You can learn about prior Australian Prime Ministers, sit in the old Prime Minister’s Office, which was a modest affair, visit the Press Room, and study important historical papers at the museum. The House of Representatives and Senate chambers are modelled after the British House of Commons and House of Lords, with Australian wood panelling and furnishings, as well as wall hangings depicting Australian flora. The kid-friendly exhibits will be appreciated by parents. You stroll around the National Rose Gardens after visiting the building. Free guided tours will help you make the most of your visit.