Why choose Old Parliament House for your next function?
Old Parliament House (OPH) was the home of the federal Parliament from 1927 to 1988 and was designed by John Smith Murdoch, the first Commonwealth government architect. The building witnessed many significant events in Australia’s parliamentary and political history and is an iconic landmark in our democratic journey.
From royal banquets and official state receptions to corporate conferences and galas alike, OPH has been host to it all. Refurbished to reflect its original grandeur, this renowned heritage-listed venue continues to provide a sophisticated and elegant backdrop for events of all styles.
The versatile function spaces are perfect for many different sorts of events; small meetings to 400 guest dinners or 550 guest cocktails. We cater for day meetings, multi-day conferences, cocktails, dinners, weddings, school formals, Christmas parties, and more.
The Museum offers guided tours of 30, 45 or 60 minutes duration which can be tailored to your event and offered exclusively to your guests. These can include special interests or themes and offer an historic point of difference to your event, showcasing the national significance of the building. Tours can be organised for before, during or at the end of your event.
Our team can assist with negotiated hotel rates should your event require accommodation for interstate guests.
Several options are available: The closest hotels (5-7min walking distance) are the Park Hyatt Canberra and the Kurrajong Canberra, closely followed by the Realm Precinct. Interestingly, the Hyatt and Kurrajong were designed by the same person as Old Parliament House, Government architect John Smith Murdoch.
Did you know?
The nearby Hyatt Hotel housed Liberal members, while the Kurrajong Hotel housed Labour members, back when there was nothing but paddocks around the Parliament building and long before Lake Burley Griffin.
Please note that Restaurant Associates and Old Parliament House do not look after the Old Parliament House Rose Gardens outside the building. Those spaces are managed by the National Capital Authority.
The Museum will occasionally consider hiring out other spaces upon request, such as the Heritage Kitchen or the Senate Committee Room. Please speak to your Events Coordinator about these options.