Old Parliament House
"Old Parliament House - a historic building and now a museum!"
This really is a beautiful building and well worth a look round. From 1927 to 1988 the Australian parliament sat here. You can literally explore all its corridors and understand some of the key moments in history that took place in this fabulous place.
As well as looking at the building as the Old Parliament house, it now houses the Museum of Australian Democracy. It's therefore a great place for kids to understand more about the unique way Australia is governed and why it is so important.
Getting Here, Opening Hours and Prices
You will find old Parilament house on the Parliament Triangle.
The actual address is:
18 King George TerraceParkes
Parking can be a bit tricky around here especially after 9am. But there are plenty of areas close by where you can park. The Australian National Gallery has good parking, is very close and is only about a 5 minute walk away.
This house is also open every day except Christmas day from 9am to 5pm. During special exhibitions they may extend the opening hours.
Admission price is very small - About $2 for adults and $1 for children.
What To Expect To See At Old Parliament House
There are specially run free tours that take about 30 minutes which are very informative.
Tours start at 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 11.45 am, 1:45 pm, 2.45 pm and 3:45 pm.
Or you can do a self-guided tour and take an ipod touch around with you. This gives you stories of the house as you explore the different areas. It takes about 45 minutes
They have recently launched an interactive trail for kids - suitable for ages 5-12 that gets them finding objects and clues in each of the rooms.
If you haven't got much time then head for are the King’s Hall and the Chambers. You should also go see the Prime minister's Office.
I really enjoyed the "Cabinet-in-Confidence" which takes you inside the Cabinet Room at a time of crisis It brings to life some of the issues that the ministers of the time would have had to face. When we were there it was abouta boat carrying 5 Vietnamese refugees. Not sure if that has changed given the recent focus on asylum seekers!
Tours start at 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2.00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm.
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