People Power and Making Change



Onsite experience


$5 per student, accompanying teachers free

Students will work collaboratively to learn about important people and objects from Federation to today and investigate their continued impact on our democracy. This experience takes place in our contemporary exhibition spaces.

Students will experience history where it happened by sitting in one of our historic chambers of parliament. They will unpack parliamentary roles and procedure to discuss how they can make change on issues that are important to them.

Students will:

  • use interactive technology to inquire and critically reflect on objects, images and artworks in exhibition spaces
  • work in small groups to answer questions and share discoveries
  • learn about the history of Old Parliament House and consider young people's role in our democracy
  • sit in either the historic House of Representatives or Senate chamber.

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.