Old Parliament House shop to close

nanzan 28 June 2010 5

Disappointing news in today’s Canberra Times that the charming and unique shop at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is to close after 16 years of operation.

The shop is run by the National Trust of Australia (ACT) and has always relied very heavily on its wonderful band of volunteers to co-staff it.

It seems unlikely that the shop could easily re-open elsewhere in Canberra and be able to afford the rent, given that it has already been struggling at MOAD.

It is also hard to imagine a building and location more appropriate for a National Trust shop than where it already is.

How sad that a building and location as iconic as Old Parliament House can no longer sustain a gift shop. What has happened to all the visitors that used to crowd through the doors there? There should be Dismissal-type demonstrations on the steps there to keep the shop open! It too is part of Canberra’s – and Australia’s – heritage.

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5 Responses to Old Parliament House shop to close
Ryoma Ryoma 7:48 pm 28 Jun 10

That’s very sad to hear, but while it’s busy with visitors, i think that’s mostly schoolkids who may not have either the cash (or the inclination) to buy political souvenirs….

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 1:14 pm 28 Jun 10

Very disappointed to hear this.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 10:49 am 28 Jun 10

More likely to be something to do with nepotism and turfing out experienced managers in favour of gung-ho wannabes…

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:14 am 28 Jun 10

Recession? Maybe if they stocked 50″ Plasmas they might do better.

divion123 divion123 9:56 am 28 Jun 10

a real shame! used to take my kids there all the time! signs of the times! recession and people aren’t spending

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