Enjoy a range of innovative exhibitions, tours and public programs that challenge and inspire. There are also special activities and spaces for children to explore.
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This new exhibition uncovers the stories of beekeeping at Australia’s Parliament Houses, both old and new, and shares what we could learn from bees on collective decision making for democracy.
Behind the Lines 2020 presents the best political cartoons from this dog of a year, including digital cartoons for the first time.
Truth, Power and a Free Press begins a conversation about media and the issues affecting our democracy...
Democracy is a living system and it works best when there is a healthy balance between trust and distrust - but that balance is tipping. Distrust is on the rise, and confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades.
Rediscover the lost art of letter writing in our new interactive space...
This exhibition explores how the APS has informed, supported and implemented the decisions of the governments of the day.
Create your own zine in our Zine Lounge.
Discover the incredible journeys of some of the world’s most inspiring people, taking the time to walk in their shoes in DressUP: Change the World.
Stand up, make up, think up and step up at the next evolution of PlayUP!
Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of Australia’s first eight prime ministers in this thoughtful and visually arresting contemporary art project.
Happy and Glorious commemorates the first visit to Australia by Queen Elizabeth II
EventsAll events ›
Building History TourTour
Want a bird’s eye view of wonderful Old Parliament House and its fascinating occupants over time ? Find out more, here.
Meet the PressTour
Don’t miss this special tour which offers insights into the media’s operations at Old Parliament House between 1928 and 1988, and its continuing role in a healthy democracy.
Pins, Pearls and Portfolios - Women in Australian ParliamentsTour
From election pins to ministerial portfolios, this tour traces the century long quest by women to serve in parliaments around Australia.
Indigenous Experiences of Democracy TourTour
On this tour, you will hear stories of how Indigenous Australians and their supporters have taken different pathways to bring about change, many of which led them here – the seat of Federal Parliament between 1927 and 1988.