Temporary closure of Terrace Café
The National Capital Authority will be undertaking footpath maintenance work around Old Parliament House from Monday 2 May 2016. Stage one will see work at the eastern side of the front of the building.
Terrace Café will be closed from Monday 2 May for the duration of the Stage one works which is expected to be 2-3 weeks. During this closure Hoi Polloi will operate from 8.30am until 5pm each day.
Arrangements for pedestrian access will be in place. The public can still access the Museum via the main stairs at the front of the building. One side of the lower entry will be closed, however public and disabled access will still be available via the other side of the lower entry.
Stage two will see the replacement of the western side path and this will commence when stage one is complete. The Terrace Café will reopen at this time.
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.
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.