Visit Parliament

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The home of Australia’s Parliament and the meeting place of a nation, Australian Parliament House offers visitors to Canberra a unique experience. Featuring impressive architecture, a stunning art collection and a beautiful landscape, Parliament House is a must-see for any visitor to Canberra.

Visitors can take a guided tour into the Senate and House of Representatives chambers, view historic documents such as the
1297 Inspeximus issue of Magna Carta, and see democracy in action first-hand. 

What's on

Enlighten

Offering the best views of Enlighten from the roof, great food, an exclusive roof-top bar, fine dining, tours and late night shopping. Parliament House has something for everyone this Enlighten.

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Explore Magna Carta

Learn about Magna Carta on a tour, pick out an exclusive souvenir from The Parliament Shop, and see the 1297 Magna Carta — the only copy in the southern hemisphere.

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Tours of Australian Parliament House

A guided tour is a great way to learn about the building and the workings of Parliament.

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Exhibitions:

The Changeover—an exhibition by the Royal Australian Mint—until 18 May 2016 

The Changeover celebrates the  50th anniversary of decimal currency and features many rarities including a leather wallet of prototype decimal coins given to former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. 

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Presented to the Prime Minister:  official gifts—until 28 February 2016 

This exhibition features an eclectic selection of gifts presented to Australian Prime Ministers and their spouses in the course of official duties.

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Pearls and Protocol: gifts of jewellery—until 28 February 2016 

Rarely seen in public, this display presents a small selection of the remarkable jewellery presented to Australian Parliamentarians and their spouses over the past 40 years. 

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Planning a visit

Australian Parliament House is open to visitors every day of the year except for Christmas Day.

Parliamentary sitting days: 9.00am (Monday and Tuesday) and 8.30am (Wednesday and Thursday) – 6.00pm. The Public Galleries in the Chambers are open whenever the Houses are in session.

Non-sitting days: 9.00am – 5.00pm  

A guide service is available to help you get the most out of your visit to Parliament House.
Please contact Visitor Services on 02 6277 5399 if you have any questions prior to your visit.

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See Parliament in ActionImage of House of Representatives Chamber

Visitors are welcome to view the proceedings of both the Senate and House of Representatives from the public galleries in the chambers on parliamentary sitting days. Question Time is held in both the Senate and the House of Representatives from 2.00pm. Tickets for Question Time in the House of Representatives can be booked by phoning the office of the Serjeant-at-Arms on (02) 6277 4889 up until 12.30pm on the day required. Bookings are not required for Question Time in the Senate. 


ExhibitionsImage of family viewing the Magna Carta display.

See the Magna Carta and other displays on parliamentary representatives and the work of the Parliament.

Experience Parliament House online

Parliament House Art Collection

The Parliament House Art Collection is a public collection of significant heritage value, created specifically for Parliament House.  Find out more about the sub-collections, and what’s currently on display.

Virtual tour 

Take a virtual journey through the House of Representatives and the Senate chambers.

Photo galleries

Browse photos of the building, special events and visits by foreign dignitaries.

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