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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Peek into the personal collections of five fascinating collectors. Diverse, rich and often surprising, these collections are brimming with stories.
The national referendum on 27 May 1967 was a historic one. An overwhelming majority of Australians – over 90 per cent – voted YES to allowing the federal government to make laws in relation to Aboriginal people and to allowing Aboriginal people to be included in the census.
The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of Parliament House.
Discover this new contemporary art exhibition that explores the gifts that migrants bring with them and the gifts that life in Australia has given them and their families.
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.
Behind the Lines 2016 celebrates the role of political cartooning in Australia.
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.
This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta
PLAY UP: stand up, dress up, make up, think up and step up.
EventsAll events ›
After Dark Tour – Ghost Hunters Tour
Join us for a torchlight tour illuminated with genuine stories of death, mysterious occurrences and dastardly deeds at Old Parliament House.
Heritage Kitchens TourTour
Explore the rich atmosphere of the kitchens, the extraordinary collection of equipment and the scale of food production required to produce banquets for royalty and lunches for parliamentarians, staff and the press gallery.
Finding and Keeping Collections and StoriesTour
Come behind the scenes and witness the beginning of the journey taken by an object through cataloguing and storage – and pick up some tips on how to look after your own collection along the way.
Spring School Holiday Program: A PLAY UP mixed up, mash up!Event
These school holidays we invite kids have their say by participating in a range of our most loved and interactive kids’ activities, including zine creation, speech bubbles and ‘occupy’ figurines.
Superhero Adventure TrailProgram
Are you Super enough to foil the plans of the dastardly villain Dr Dystopia?
A Dangerous Language: Sulari Gentill in conversation with Graham WestEvent
Join Sulari Gentill in conversation with Graham West about A Dangerous Language, the latest in the much loved, award winning Rowland Sinclair Mysteries.
Friday Night DrinksEvent
Spring into action, gather your friends and plan a social evening of drinks, great food and music in the beautiful surrounds of our courtyard.
Old Parliament House Wedding Open DayEvent
Come along to our Wedding Open Day to discover a venue like no other and the versatility this building can offer couples planning their nuptials.
Smart governance conversations on desirable futuresEvent
IGPA, in collaboration with the Museum of Australian Democracy and Telstra, are bringing you a series of nationally significant conversations that will see some of Australia’s brightest thinkers share their thoughts on desirable policy futures.