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The home of Australia’s Parliament and the meeting place of a nation, Parliament House is located on a 32-hectare site on Capital Hill and is the focal point of Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The building is open to the public every day of the year except for Christmas day.
A visit to Parliament House offers you the chance to be a part of democracy in action. Parliament House offers a variety of ways to experience the Parliament. These include access to the Chambers, Question Time and the ability to view historic documents like the Magna Carta.
Although it is primarily a working building, the unique blend of impressive architecture, a stunning art collection and beautiful landscape makes Parliament House one of Australia’s most significant and popular cultural attractions.
Parliament House is open to visitors every day of the year except for Christmas Day. The building is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm during non-sitting weeks and 9:00am on Monday and Tuesday and from 8:30am on Wednesday and Thursday to House rise during sitting weeks. Please refer to the event calendar or contact Visitor Services on 02 6277 5399 for more information.
Get the most out of your visit
Planning a visit
Visitors are welcome when Parliament House is open (9.00am – 5.00pm on non-sitting days 9:00am on Monday and Tuesday and from 8:30am on Wednesday and Thursday to House rise on sitting days). There is a free guide service which assists visitors. On sitting days, Question Time in both chambers is held at 2pm. Tickets for the House of Representatives can be booked during office hours by telephoning the office of the Serjeant-at-Arms on 6277 4889 up until 12.30 on the day required. Bookings are not required for Question Time in the Senate.
Exhibitions on display
Visit the Magna Carta and other displays on parliamentary representatives and the work of the Parliament.
When you get here
Parliament House offers a variety of ways to experience the Democratic process, including Question Time, Chamber access or a guided tour of the building.
Experience Parliament House online