Visit Parliament

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

Spring Program: 10 September – 16 October  2016

See the people's house in full bloom on one of courtyard tours, or enjoy high tea in the picturesque gardens this spring!

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Community events:

Find out more about our winter program of free community events.  


Reflections, works from Canberra Glassworks and the Parliament House Art Collection: 22 June – 11 September 2016

This exhibition features works by nine internationally renowned glass artists created in response to the art, architecture and landscape of Parliament House.

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Welcome to Parliament House tour (free)

Daily from 9.30am, 11.00am, 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.30pm.

Discover Parliament House (in-depth paid tour)

Daily from 10.00am, 12 noon and 3.00pm

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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.

Information to help you plan your visit 

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.