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Home Away From Home

Discover how Old Parliament House became a home: comfortable furniture, stylish dining rooms and even a hairdresser.


King's Hall


Daily at 11am


20 minutes


All ages



When Old Parliament House first opened in 1927, not only was it our first purpose-built parliament, but also a home away from home for many of the politicians and staff who travelled to Canberra for work.

Looking at the objects and furniture on display in the Furnished exhibition space, this tour will explore the ways that these workers experienced some home comforts in the building.


Group bookings for this tour are capped at 10 people. If you are booking for a group of more than 10, please email or phone 02 6270 8222.

A chaise sofa with side table and bookshelf built into the wall
A blue leather barber's chair with white handles displayed in a room with a brown wooden door behind it.
A leather-cushioned wooden swivel chair, next to a long wooden desk with a lamp and desk calendar; on two walls there are inbuilt bookcases with rows of bound books.

Plan your visit

All areas of the tour are accessible by wheelchair.

There is no seating on this tour route.