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Parliament House

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What's on at Parliament House

Commonwealth of Australia Condolence Book in support and sympathy of those tragically killed on flight MH17

The Condolence Book is located in the Marble Foyer of Parliament House and is available to all who wish to record their condolences to the families and loved ones of those lost on MH17.

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Mummies, magic and Mozart - meet Opera Australia’s stars from The Magic FlutePromotional image for Opera Australia's 'The Magic Flute, showing male lead

Join us for a special afternoon of Opera in the house! The whole family will be enchanted by the stars from Opera Australia performing highlights from their new production of The Magic Flute. Director Michael Gow will discuss his interpretation of the Mozart classic including the inspiration he took from Indiana Jones.

You’ll also be treated to a special performance by the talented young singers from the Woden Valley Youth Choir.

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Parliament House at work — a 25th anniversary exhibition by Anne Zahalka

Explore the work that goes on behind the scenes at Parliament House in this specially commissioned exhibition of new works by leading Australian photomedia artist Anne Zahalka.

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Former President of the Senate honoured in portrait Image of portrait of former President of the Senate, John Hogg

A new portrait of former President of the Senate John Hogg, painted by artist Michael Zavros,  is now on public display in Members' Hall.

The Hon. John Hogg (2012) Michael ZAVROS (1974 −) Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Department of Parliamentary Services, Canberra, ACT

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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