Visit Parliament

Banner featuring the facade of Parliament House illuminated with a Magna Carta design, headline "Celebrate Enlighten at Australian Parliament House", and the Enlighten 2015 logo 

What's on at Parliament House

Enlighten — culture and creativity illuminate the capitalEnlighten branding with event dates "Feb 27-Mar 7 2015"

Feb 27 – Mar 7 2015

Begin the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta celebrations during Enlighten at Australian Parliament House — offering tours, great food, movies, an exclusive bar, shopping and the best views of Enlighten from the roof.

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“All the worlds a stage” — Celebrating 25 years of Bell Shakespeare and As You Like It Zahra Newman and John Bell in a scene from Bell Shakespeare's production of 'As You Like It'.

Sunday 29 March 2015, 2–4pm

In his final year with Bell Shakespeare, we're excited to welcome theatre legend John Bell to Parliament House. John and co-artistic director Peter Evans will discuss the successes and challenges they have faced in creating one of Australia’s leading national arts companies over the last 25 years. Actor Zahra Newman will provide a tantalising preview of how Rosalind will complete her quest to seek safety and find love in the latest production of As You Like It.

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First Landing to Last Post: contemporary perspectives on 100 years of service Luke Cornish (b. 1979), House on Back (2013), aerosol on glass, Courtesy of the artist and Art Equity, Sydney

Feb 26 – June 30 2015

First landing to Last Post offers a glimpse into the Australian experience of war and the richness of Australian artistic practice, including paintings, photography, sculpture, and new media works.

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Visit Parliament

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. Please contact Visitor Services on 02 6277 5399 for more information.

Get the most out of your visit

    Planning a visit

    Tony Abbott during question time in the House of Representatives Chamber

    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

    Magna Carta

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

    When you get here

    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.

    Chamber Public Galleries

    House of Representatives chamber

    Visitors to Parliament House may view the proceedings of both the House of Representatives and the Senate from the Public Galleries in the Chambers whenever the Houses are in session. At other times when Parliament House is open visitors may visit the Public Galleries

    Visitor Events

    Visit Events

    Each year numerous events are held at Parliament House.

Experience Parliament House online

    History of Parliament House


    The Australian Parliament which met for the first time in May 1901 was the most democratic in the world.

    Online exhibitions

    Making Laws Exhibition Logo

    Visit the current and former exhibitions on the first federal parliament and the law-making functions of the Parliament.

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