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Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

By nanzan - 29 June 2009 9

I have spent some time recently at the newly-opened Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, and I would love to know what others think of it. It is a new museum – and a new approach to being a museum – in an old building, and possibly Canberra’s, if not Australia’s, most loved building at that.

The Museum (MOAD for short) is attracting a lot of attention, but it does have a lot of “competition”, even within a few hundred metres of itself, in terms of the National Portrait Gallery, National Museum, and so on. Interestingly, while MOAD is still offering tours (and new ones at that), Australian Parliament House is no longer offering scheduled public tours, and I have heard they have slashed their number of parliamentary guides just recently.

Any thoughts, feelings, experiences, to share about MOAD@OPH?

What’s Your opinion?


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9 Responses to
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
futnuh 1:30 am 17 Sep 09

I’m giving this thread a ‘bump’ hoping to see some MoAD feedback. Full disclosure: my company is the guilty party responsible for the Australian Democracy gallery, the revamping/relocation of the Prime Ministers’ Exhibit, and the Living Democracy gallery. I’d be very interested in hearing comments from other locals who have visited, especially any constructive criticism relating to the three galleries mentioned.

Note: I am not a MoAD employee. My comments don’t represent those of the museum.

GardeningGirl 5:54 pm 29 Jun 09

“It is a new museum – and a new approach to being a museum – in an old building, and possibly Canberra’s, if not Australia’s, most loved building at that.”

Sounds like something from a tourist brochure to me?

It’s not actually a new museum anyway.

nanzan 5:36 pm 29 Jun 09

G’day I-filed,

Just curious what other Canberra people think of the place.

I-filed 3:11 pm 29 Jun 09

Hi nanzan – why do you ask? Are you conducting in-house research, or are you contracted? Or just curious?

nanzan 2:59 pm 29 Jun 09

Igglepiggle,

It’s $2 per adult, $1 per concession, $5 per family. And there are baby change rooms too!

Igglepiggle 2:46 pm 29 Jun 09

Is there an entry cost? With a 3 year old and a newborn, we are always at the potential to leave 3 minutes after arriving, which is a pain if you’ve paid entry!

johnboy 1:07 pm 29 Jun 09

Rule of law and limits to executive power are a necessary precursor to stable democracy, that’s what magna carta represents.

Obviously the museum didn’t do a good job explaining that though.

caf 12:26 pm 29 Jun 09

Err, modern Australian democracy is built on the Magna Carta.

If you look here you’ll even see that the Magna Carta sits proudly among all the other current ACT Legislation, sandwiched between the Magistrates Court Act 1930 and the Major Events Security Act 2000.

Morgan 11:43 am 29 Jun 09

Some of the new exhibits are a little contrived, I fail to see the link between modern Australian democracy and Magna Carta, bit tenuous don’t you think?

Otherwise OPH is a great museum.

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