Planning your visit
Senate chamber closed
The Senate Chamber is currently closed as we repair damage caused by the 20 January 2020 hailstorm and ensure the ongoing protection of our much-loved heritage building. More information.
- 9am to 5pm daily (last entry at 4:30pm)
- Closed Christmas Day
Where to find us
18 King George Terrace, Parkes, ACT, 2600
Getting to the museum
Parking can be accessed from King George Terrace. Fees apply Monday to Friday.
Accessible parking is available at the front of the building next to the ground level entrance.
Additional parking can be found at the National Archives of Australia, The John Gorton Building and the Treasury Building.
Buses run regularly from Canberra City Centre to the museum.
- Parliament House Federation Mall stop (400m walk) - Bus routes 57, 58
- John Gorton Building Parkes Place stop (650m walk) - Bus routes 2,6
- Commonwealth Avenue, opposite Albert Hall stop (750m walk) - Bus routes 4,5,7,10
Entering the museum
Entry is via the terrace to the left of the front steps, with accessible entry via the Lower Level.
Lift access is available at the ground level. Press the buzzer to enter through the doors on either side of the main steps.
Food and drink
The Courtyard Cafe serves coffee and light refreshments.
Food and drink are not permitted in the museum spaces.
We welcome all visitors and are committed to making our building, exhibitions and events accessible to everyone.
Our Museum Experience team can help you plan your visit:
- Phone: (02) 6270 8222
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plan your visit with mobility, sensory, lighting and tactile information about our exhibitions and heritage spaces within Old Parliament House:
Toilets and babychange
Accessible toilets are located on the Lower Floor and the Main Floor. Baby changing facilities are located on the Main Floor.
Free public wi-fi is available at the museum.
Cloaking is available for the duration of your visit. To protect our heritage-listed building, large or bulky items, bags, backpacks, suitcases, and items that may be considered unnecessary for visiting MoAD such as bike helmets, skateboards, scooters, umbrellas and camera tripods must be cloaked at the reception desk on entry. Please follow the directions of our staff regarding cloaking items.
A copy of the Cloaking and bag checking policy is available upon request.
Conditions of entry
Visitors must obey all signs and notices, and any reasonable direction given by MoAD staff or MoAD security officers.
Visitors should be adequately and neatly dressed, and footwear should be worn at all times.
Visitors are advised that bags may be checked at any time. For your convenience we recommend using our complimentary cloaking during your visit.
MoAD reserves the right to restrict or prohibit specific items from entering Old Parliament House, including where they may be considered to pose a risk to the safety of people, the building and its contents, or cause offence to members of the public. These include (but are not limited to):
- items that may cause injury, harm, or public nuisance, including noisemaking and amplification devices
- marking instruments such as paint, pens etc, that could be used to deface property
- flammable or hazardous devices, including aerosol containers, fireworks, flares, lighters, and laser pointers
political or other signage, banners, logos, or clothing that is likely to be offensive to others.
Visitors are advised that video surveillance is used 24 hours a day in and around the building.
Please help keep our community safe by observing hygiene and physical distancing measures, and postponing your visit to the museum if you are unwell.