Visiting Old Parliament House
Due to essential turf renovation, the grass areas in both the Senate and House of Representatives courtyards will be inaccessible from 28 December 2016 to February 2017.
Picnic areas will still be available in the Senate and House of Representatives Rose Gardens adjacent to Old Parliament House.
Decades of politics and passion echo through the corridors of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, making it one of Australia’s most memorable heritage attractions.
Visitors can experience an atmosphere steeped in history, revisit dramatic events and enjoy the 1920s architecture and fine design. The museum offers an exciting program of exhibitions and engaging activities which explain how the building, its spaces and objects connect us with Australian democracy.
The hours of pay parking operation are 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
- Limited short stay parking is available throughout the Parliamentary Triangle, including around Old Parliament House.
- The NCA has produced a map showing the areas in Parkes where pay parking applies.
The museum is accessible from Canberra’s City Centre via ACTION.
Monday to Friday
- 1 – City, Parliament House or Mint, Woden
- 2 – City, War Memorial or Mint, Woden
- 3 – City, National Museum or Woden
- 4/5 – City, War Memorial or Woden
- 200 – City, War Memorial or Railway Station
- 300 - any 300 bus from Albert Hall goes to the City and Woden
Weekends and public holidays
- 900 – City or Woden
- 932 – City or Mint & Woden
- 934 – City, National Museum or Woden
- 935 – City
For more detailed timetables and route maps see the ACTION website.
General access to the building is via sixteen steps to the Main entry with further internal steps to both floors. For visitors unable to use stairs, stairless access is available via the Lower entries which are located to either side of the front stairs.
To preserve the heritage coverings and furniture of the building we ask visitors to cloak large backpacks, umbrellas, camera tripods, food and drink. Cloaking is available upon entry at Reception.
Visitor Services staff are able book taxis upon request at the Reception desk.
Courtesy strollers and wheelchairs
Strollers and wheelchairs are available, free of charge, for use in the museum.
Access for people with disabilities
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is committed to providing equal access for all visitors.
Please note that electronic surveillance is used around and throughout the Old Parliament House building for security and safety and may be used for visitor research.