Old Parliament House may have seen its last days as Australia's main parliamentary building, but a lot still sits inside its doors. If you're in the Parliamentary Zone then a visit to Old Parliament House will allow you to learn about the history of this great building, and the history of democracy in Australia through the Museum of Australian Democracy.
Old Parliament House is the perfect building to hold the Museum of Australian Democracy, as it has such a large role in it for so many years. You can wander through the rooms, and as you learn about the stages and aspects of Australian democracy you can also learn the history of the rooms. Visit the old House of Representatives and the old Senate, and take the place of old politicians, or just enjoy the beauty of the old building.
An interesting aspect of the museum is that it does not tell you what Australian democracy is, instead, it asks. Many exhibits focus around different ideas of democracy, and some even asking if Australia truly has it. The questions is asked to children, to migrants, to Indigenous Australians, to see what democracy in Australia means to them. This helps prevent the museum feeling like it is spreading propaganda, and instead makes it an interesting, informative, and thought-provoking place to visit.
The museum requires a small donation, $2 for adults and $1 for concessions and children. It is open daily from 9am till 5pm. Head along to learn a little about Australia's political history.
Before you visit the museum you should also read about the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, that sits on the lawns outside. The Tent Embassy is something worth thinking about while you walk through the museum.