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Old Parliament House - The Museum of Australian Democracy

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The museum is one of Australia’s most important heritage buildings. Old Parliament House was home to Australia’s Federal Parliament from its opening in 1927 until 1988. It was the centre of the country’s political and social life.

Not only is the building significant because of the events the happened inside, it also has architectural importance. It was designed by John Murdoch whose fairly plain, functional style and simple lines caused some controversy at the time with many people expecting a more elaborate and ornate building.

Visitors are taken back through history to experience the extraordinary events which took place in the remarkable building. The Museum provides an inspiring program of displays and other appealing activities with something of interest for both adults and children.

There are a selection of guided tours on offer which last for around 30 minutes and explore the workings of Australian democracy. The multimedia experiences make the historical concerns and problems of the cabinet ministers of the times become lifelike and colourful.

Self guided tours are offered with a convenient iPod touch available at reception and a new activity for children called the “MoAdventure Trail” is on offer and takes about 45 minutes to complete. You will find the museum at Old Parliament House 18 King George Terrace, Parkes. It is open every day between 9 am and 5 pm. There is s small entrance fee.


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