Can you build the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House out of blocks? Join this fun tour and at the end, create your own version of the building using blocks.
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UN Democracy Day is celebrated on 15 September.
Experience the beautiful sound of more than 80 voices as they fill King’s Hall and the House of Representatives Chamber at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Australia’s only hung parliament in the first century of Federation, resulted from the wartime election of 1940.
Dr Anna Cole, one of this year’s recipients of an Australian Prime Ministers Centre Fellowship, has produced a 30-minute documentary film about the first national Aboriginal debutante ball entitled ‘Dancing with the Prime Minister’.
The APMC catalogue has been uploaded to Trove, the National Library’s discovery service that enables you to search online across hundreds of Australian collections.
The challenge of being in parliamentary opposition is explored in the recently opened Opposition Party Room and the Leader of the Opposition’s Office at the Museum of Australian Democracy.
Blueprint for a Better World – a Caritas Australia exhibition in partnership with AusAID at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
The third and final event of our Uncensored Conversations, ‘Freedom of speech and censorship: How free are we?’ was held at 6pm in King’s Hall at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra on 15 June 2010.
The second event in our Uncensored Conversations speaker series was held at 6pm in King’s Hall at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra on 27 May 2010.
The first event in our Uncensored Conversations speaker series, was held at 6pm in King’s Hall at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra on 11 May 2010.
Uncensored Conversations is a speaker series that could only take place in a true democracy. In May and June 2010, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House will host a forum that will see well-known Australians share their thoughts on the hottest topics shaping our democracy. Limited seats. Register now.
How did Australian politicians of the nineteenth century campaign, in the days before today’s pervasive electronic media? They went to where people gathered in their daily lives, and held political meetings in gathering places such as pubs, Mechanic’s Institutes, and open air venues such as a local park or even under a particular tree.
In October 1982, the artist Tom Thompson ventured from his home in Braidwood to depict proceedings of the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra. The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House recently acquired the collection of sketches.
On 9 May 1927 His Royal Highness the Duke of York opened Australia’s first purpose-built federal parliament building, now known as Old Parliament House. In the accompanying audio from our oral history collection, Therese O’Neill recalls the long trip into Canberra from Yass as a 10 year old, and the thrill of being amongst the crowd to witness the Duke and Duchess of York at the opening.
Just as visitors to museums may develop an attachment to certain objects, so too do curators. Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House curator Corinne Perkins loves the Cromwell coin, which dates back to the period of the English Civil Wars (1642-52).
A recent addition to our collection is this photo, taken in 1911, of the Bathurst Football Club rugby union team, including future prime minister of Australia J. B. Chifley.
The last prime minister to serve in the House - the Hon RJL Hawke AC - in the exhibition Australian Democracy - More than 2000 Years in the Making.
Update: Congratulations to Ethan from Dunlop ACT, aged 7, who won our January promotion of a $500 voucher to Toys R Us from the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Congratulations Ethan!