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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Democracy is a living system and it work 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.
Told through powerful stories of democracy in action, this exhibition will provoke thought and motivate visitors to recognise the power of their voice.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first women elected to Australian Federal Parliament, Breaking Through exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy explores the journeys of 11 trailblazers who were the first to hold particular parliamentary positions.
Let the beautiful and profound artworks from the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize take you on an inspiring exploration of our natural environment.
Stand up, make up, think up and step up at the next evolution of PlayUP!
Roll up, roll up! Marvel at the political cartooning spectacle that is The Three-Ring Circus – showcasing Australian cartoonists’ best takes on 2017 - a tumultuous year under the Big Top of politics.
Peek into the personal collections of five fascinating collectors. Diverse, rich and often surprising, these collections are brimming with stories.
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.
An old coat rescued. Sir Edmund Barton revealed. In this exhibition you will discover an intriguing tale of power, prestige and Australia’s changing ties to Britain.
Magna Carta is one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world.
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Open Air PlayUpEvent
Want some outdoor fun?
Don’t miss Open Air PlayUP these school holidays.
Why not pack a picnic and bring the whole family down to enjoy fun and games in the stunning Senate Courtyard?
After Dark: Ghost Hunters TourTour
Join us for a torchlight tour illuminated with genuine stories of death, mysterious occurrences and dastardly deeds at Old Parliament House.
Tall Poppies and Poplars TourTour
Want to visit a more exclusive garden this spring?
Join us for a 45 minute tour through the green spaces of Old Parliament House.
Discover secret gardens, and hear behind the scenes stories told by the gardeners who worked here.