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Visit Australian Parliament House this spring

Welcome to the Australian Parliament House 2018 spring program. Join us for a day of family fun at Open Day, enjoy spring tea in the courtyards, see special 30th birthday exhibitions, or take one of our popular garden tours.

Exhibitions

A detail from the painting Parliament House Canberra 4 by Simon Fieldhouse.

Façade

Few public buildings in Australia are as instantly recognisable as Parliament House. Its distinctive façade, defined by the white marble clad Great Verandah and towering stainless steel flag mast has become synonymous with democracy, government and the city of Canberra. The works in this exhibition celebrate the unique architecture of this iconic institution.

Dates: Friday 17 August–Sunday 21 October
Location: Exhibition area, level 1
Cost: Free (no booking required)

Detail of an artwork from the 30x30 exhibition

30 x 30

See Parliament House in a new light with 30 images from the Parliament House Art Collection by 30 of Australia’s best artists and photographers including David Moore, Max Dupain, Richard Woldendorp, Fiona Hall, John Gollings and Anne Zahalka.

Dates: Friday 14 September–Fri 26 October
Location: Great Hall, outer walls
Cost: Free (no booking required)

Detail from Possum and Wallaby Dreaming by Michael Neslon Jagamara

Crafting the House on the Hill

This collaborative exhibition reveals the stories behind some of the Parliament House’s major art, craft and design commissions and explores the connection with Australia’s first people, landscape, creative spirit, and the principles of democracy.

For more information visit the Canberra Museum and Gallery website.

Dates: Saturday 7 July–Sunday 4 November
Location: Canberra Museum and Art Gallery (CMAG) 176 London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: Free (no booking required)

Shopping

Nanoblocks for sale at The Parliament Shop

The Parliament Shop

At The Parliament Shop you will find the perfect keepsake of your visit. Located on the ground floor, The Parliament Shop features a range of exclusive merchandise. Test your skill with one of our challenging jigsaw puzzles, or take home a fantastic piece of Indigenous art. Build your own Parliament House from Nanoblocks! A great idea for the young and young at heart.

Receive a 10% discount on any purchase from The Parliament Shop when you attend a paid event or paid tour.

Important information

For security purposes, participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation for paid events and paid tours. In the event a patron does not have these, they will be unable to participate. Wet weather alternatives are in place for all tours and the spring tea. Please wear comfortable shoes for all tours. We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your tour or event for screening and registration.

As Parliament House is a working building, filming and photography in the private areas of Parliament House is subject to approval and may not be permitted. Your guide will inform you of any restrictions at the beginning of each tour.

Public parking is available in the underground carpark at the front of Parliament House. Parking is free on weekends, public holidays and for the first two hours on weekdays.

Plan your visit to Parliament House

Image credits 

Simon Fieldhouse (born 1956) Parliament House—Canberra 4 (detail), 2015, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

Brent Neylon (1955-2012) Untitled (detail), 1984-1986, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

Michael Nelson Jagamara (born 1945) Luritja/Warlpiri peoples, Possum and Wallaby Dreaming, 1985, synthetic polymer paint on canvas,  Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT. © The artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists’ Agency Ltd.  

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