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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Truth, Power and a Free Press begins a conversation about media and the issues affecting our democracy...
Framed by the world of rock music, and under the theme song of The Greatest Hits Tour, the brand new iteration of Behind the Lines allows visitors to hit rewind on the most significant political moments of the year through political cartoons.
The #UDHRquilt Project features never before seen work from a global craftivism project. Stitching in local and global stories; see the intricate detail of these quilts that represent the world’s conscience.
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...
Unleash your creativity in the brand new Zine Lounge—a place for young people to meet, read, and create.
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.
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.
Happy and Glorious commemorates the first visit to Australia by Queen Elizabeth II
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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.
Dogs and cats, birds and bees, kangaroos and emus, elephants and mice … from opening day to the present day Old Parliament House has seen all of these creatures and more.
Indigenous experiences of democracy tourTour
Join us for a tour which considers aspects of the experiences of Indigenous Australians within our democracy.