Visiting 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.
There are a number of free parking zones throughout the Parliamentary Triangle, however car parking can get difficult after 9am on weekdays. Options include:
- long stay parking behind the National Archives of Australia, East Block, Queen Victoria Terrace
- long stay parking behind the Australian Electoral Commission, West Block, Queen Victoria Terrace
- Limited short stay parking is available throughout the Parliamentary Triangle.
The museum is accessible from Canberra’s City Centre via ACTION. The FREE Centenary Loop, route 100, bus service connects the city to the major attractions in Canberra. It runs at 30 minute intervals 7 days a week.
Alternatively, take bus routes 2, 3 and 6 on weekdays and routes 934 and 935 on weekends and public holidays. Routes 2, 3, 934 and 935 stop on Parkes Place and route 6 stops on King George Terrace.
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, stair-less 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.