Democracy, Media and Me



Onsite experience


$5 per student, accompanying teachers free

The media has a rich history in Old Parliament House, operating from the ABC studio and Press Gallery. This media literacy program incorporates the exhibition Truth, Power and a Free Press where students can develop their investigative skills using museum objects and discuss key ideas around journalism and the challenges in uncovering the truth. Students will:

  • develop their media literacy and critical thinking skills while learning about the important role that the media has within our democracy
  • collaborate in heritage spaces where members of the press really worked
  • learn how to look for reliable sources and ask key questions of the media they consume.

Content advice for teachers

First Nations Australians are advised that the exhibition Truth, Power and a Free Press contains images of people who have died. The program includes discussion of social media and the exploration of objects and stories which some students may find challenging. Please contact us to find out more. We want to provide the best learning experience for your group.

Key information

All onsite excursions need to be booked in advance. To protect our heritage building, self-guided groups are not permitted.

For information about getting to the museum, facilities, access and supervision ratios visit the Plan a school visit page.

60 minutes


If you're travelling over 150 km to visit Canberra you may be eligible for the Parliamentary and Civics Education Rebate. Your PACER application must be submitted 3 weeks prior to your visit and you are required to complete a one-hour facilitated program.

We will complete your PACER paperwork after checking how many students attend the program. We're unable to complete this without seeing the group. You will receive an invoice after your visit based on how many students attend the program.

Please email or call 02 6270 8222 with any changes or cancellations.

Check our Terms and conditions for information about changing or cancelling programs.