The corridors of Old Parliament House echo with the stories of Australia’s past — a time when this magnificent building was the centre of political controversies, drama and the events that were pivotal to the nation’s development. Today, this heritage-listed building is alive with exhibitions, tours and special events, and is a must for any visitor to Canberra.
Every day of the week you can explore Old Parliament House and there's something for all ages. Visitors will enjoy reliving historic moments as they are told in our regular guided tours, our changing program of exhibitions or one of the many special events at the House. The spectacular sound and light show Order Order! in the original House of Representatives Chamber explores Australia's history from 1927 to 1988. Visitors can meet the many famous faces on show at the National Portrait Gallery.
The Super Sleuth clue hunt is a must for families. Children will love following the clues around the House to find the answers to some of the secrets of this historic building. They'll get to use their detective skills on a journey from King's Hall, through to the Chambers and then to some of the important rooms of the House such as the Prime Minister's Suite. Take time to stop off at House Play, which is full of dress-ups for all ages and interactives.
Visit the shop to buy a unique souvenir of your visit and relax in the delightful Café in the House. This is a Canberra experience not to be missed!