The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is committed to engaging families and young people in conversations about democracy and their voices in it.
There is something for visitors of all ages including interactive exhibits, historical dress ups, beautiful, safe courtyards and delicious meals; all available via accessible entry.
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PLAY UP—The Right to Shelter
PLAY UP pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. This fabulous space allows children to stand up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a way that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head. It is a living and evolving space curated for, with and by children.
Read more about PLAY UP.
Family Action Packs
Suited for the whole family, the outdoor and indoor family action packs give you a chance to explore a unique trail through the museum.
Read more about Family Action Packs.
ACT School Holidays
Hands-on, cross-generational family programs are available during the school holiday breaks.
Discover the changing fashions of Democracy in our DRESS UP space, located right near PLAY UP.
Feel the power of parliament as you have your photo taken sitting on our replica Speaker’s Chair.
Learn more about the origins of democracy as you build lanterns in our Designing Democracy space.
Design and publish your own mini magazine in our Zine Lounge, ages 5 and up.
For more information on other exhibitions and events, check out What’s On.
Important information for your visit
$2 adults, $1 children and concessions, $5 family.
To preserve the heritage coverings and furniture of the building we ask visitors to cloak camera tripods, large backpacks, umbrellas, food and drink. Cloaking is available upon entry at Reception.
General access to the building is via sixteen steps to the main entry with further internal steps to both floors.
Accessible Entrance for prams and wheelchairs
For visitors unable to use stairs, lift access is available via the lower entries which are located at the front of the building, either side of the main stairs. Please pay your entry fee at the Reception Desk or with one of our staff in King’s Hall.
Getting around the building with prams and wheelchairs
Our public spaces and exhibitions are over two floors with a public lift accessible on the House of Representatives side.
Toilets and Baby Change
There are a number of toilets on both floors of the building. Baby change facilities are available behind the visitor’s service booth in Kings Hall and on the first floor Senate (red) side of the building opposite the children’s “Dress-Up” room.
Food and Drink
To preserve our heritage building we do not allow food and drink into the building, including our children’s spaces and Play Up.
Our café is fully enclosed with no road access making it the perfect place for lunch or a snack. We have a children’s’ menu with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Enjoy your break and please remember to leave your drinks and food in the café.
Picnics and food from home
The Old Parliament House Gardens are located on both sides of the building are delightful places to picnic with a packed lunch. You are also welcome to picnic in both our House of Representatives and Senate courtyards. Consuming food is not permitted within the museum’s heritage spaces and exhibitions.
In need of help or assistance?
Please talk to our friendly staff, they will be happy to assist you.