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Experience Enlighten at Australian Parliament House

See striking new architectural projections from Friday 2 March to Sunday 11 March 2018, 8.00pm to 11.00pm (to midnight Fridays and Saturdays).

Image (above): Artwork by Michael Nelson Jagamara, Luritja/Warlpiri people & Imants Tillers, The Messenger, 2014, Parliament House Art Collection, Reproduced with permission of the artists through Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane.

Masquerade party

Masquerade party with a twist (SOLD OUT)

Friday 2 March 2018, 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Members and Guests Terrace
Tickets  (inclusive of food and drinks) $113.25
Dress black tie/cocktail and mask
Please note mask must be removed for security screening on entry to Parliament House

For a celebration of all things beautiful with a touch of the strange, join Enlighten’s premier masquerade party on the exclusive Members and Guests Terrace of Parliament House. Enjoy a roaming food service showcasing regional produce, and a selection of Canberra’s best wines. Channel your ‘inner Bond’ at the Martini Bar and be entertained by cool and seductive rhythms.

As the party winds down, head to the forecourt and see the festival’s themes come to life in captivating projections inspired by the Parliament House Art Collection.

This is a super rare opportunity to kick back and sip a Dirty Martini in an exclusive space rarely accessible to the public. Pull out your finery and get your mask on for an evening of beautiful and unusual surprises. This is an over 18s event only.

Fireworks at Parliament House

Food, fun and fireworks! 

Saturday 17 March 2018, 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Members and Guests Terrace
Tickets (inclusive of food and drinks) $103.05 adults, $206.10 family (2 adults and 2 children, additional children $21.50)
Dress smart casual

For an unexpected take on Canberra’s favourite evening of family fun, celebrate Skyfire 2018 from the exclusive Parliament House Members and Guests Terrace. Countdown to the fireworks as you feast on our chefs’ delicious street food, enjoy local region wines, and chill out to a pair of DJs spinning a selection of old, new and out-of-the-ordinary tracks. As the sky lights up, you’ll have one of the best and most exciting views in town.

Get a group together for an atypical Skyfire experience in a super private setting generally reserved for political strategy!

This is a family friendly event—children must be accompanied by adults.

Unconformity tour

Unconformity – Meet the Geologist Tour (SOLD OUT)

Saturday 3 March and Sunday 4 March 2018, 3.00pm to 5.00pm
Commences in the Marble Foyer
Tickets $62.25 adults, $52.05 concession/child

Take a fascinating journey through the ages with renowned geologist Wolf Mayer. Explore the wide variety of stone used in the architecture of Parliament House, and finish with a visit to our unexpected treasure—the Unconformity—a rare rock formation, where two rock masses, ten million years apart in age, meet.

As this two-hour walking tour will go behind the scenes at Parliament House, please wear comfortable closed shoes.

Art tour

The Unexpected Art Tour (SOLD OUT)

Saturday 17 March and Sunday 18 March 2018, 3.00pm to 5.30pm
Commences in the Marble Foyer
Tickets $72.45 adults, $62.25 concession/child

Popular ABC documentary The House turned the spotlight on the unexpected behind-the-scenes world of Parliament House. Join one of the stars, Director of the Parliament House Art Collection Justine van Mourik, as she reveals some of the most unusual and beautiful treasures in the collection and gives you the inside scoop on what goes into helping our parliamentarians select artworks for their offices. Stroll behind the scenes to see what’s on the walls of Parliament House, discuss art over a drink and tour the underground Art Store. Tour includes a glass of bubbly.

This is a two-and-a-half-hour behind-the-scenes walking tour, please wear comfortable shoes.

Image courtesy of the ABC.

Important information

Photo identification required

For security purposes, participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation for all ticketed events and tours. In the event a patron does not have these, they will be unable to participate. Ticket holders for the masquerade event will need to remove their mask for photo identification. We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your event or tour for screening and check-in.


Parking in the underground car park is free on weekends and for the first two hours on weekdays. Paid parking machines are prominently located at the end of the carpark closest to the main entrance.