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.
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.
Happy and Glorious commemorates the first visit to Australia by Queen Elizabeth II
EventsAll events ›
Mystery Tour: Party GamesTour
Come behind the scenes at the museum and discover that political intrigues are not the only games which have been played at Old Parliament House.
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.
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.
Canberra Writers Festival 2017Event
The Museum of Australian Democracy is a proud founding partner of the annual Canberra Writers Festival which will take place this year from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 August 2017.
Canberra Writers Festival 2017: Hoi Polloi Buffet Dinner and Literary TriviaEvent
Think you know your literary trivia? What is Maggie Alderson’s Polly’s (main character her latest novel) job? How many books did Jack Heath write before he was 30? Where does Ghost Empire take place?
Canberra Writers Festival 2017: After Dark Tour – Ghost HuntersTour
Sold out. Join us for a torchlight tour illuminated with genuine stories of death, mysterious occurrences and dastardly deeds at Old Parliament House.
Canberra Writers Festival 2017: Crinkling News Junior Journos WorkshopWorkshop
In a workshop for budding newshounds aged 7 to 12, Crinkling News editor Saffron Howden will teach junior journos how to craft a news story.