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Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Our learning philosophy is based on providing unique and transformational learning experiences that align to the Australian Curriculum. Our school programs provide deep engagement with the ideas and practices of democracy.

We achieve this through the following guiding principles:

  • Enjoyment
  • Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Creativity
  • Provocation
  • Immersion
  • Identity and empathy.

MoAD learning programs encourage voice and agency, helping to inform what it means to be an active and engaged young citizen in our democracy. 

Our facilitated programs are eligible for the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate. See pacer.org.au. Please remember all programs MUST be booked and final numbers confirmed for staffing ratios on the day.

Our website contains the details of all our onsite programs for primary and secondary students, as well as a range of resources to assist you and your students in the classroom. Find out more moadoph.gov.au/learning

Primary programs

Join us on one of our fabulous primary programs and have your students engage in powerful learning through:

  • historic chamber role play
  • interactive trails
  • objects, stories and primary sources
  • hands-on workshops.
Secondary programs

Allow your students to consider how people are heard in Australia’s democracy—explore the challenges and the decisions by having them:

  • re-enact historic debates in heritage spaces
  • explore democracy and history with digital technology
  • recreate history through objects and primary sources
  • speculate and test consequences for society today.
Behind the Lines 2018 (Primary and Secondary)

This annual exhibition celebrates the work of political cartoonists and presents different perspectives on political history and contemporary events. This teacher-led program uses a student worksheet to help students interpret political cartoons and is supported by extensive online resources.


MoAD Digital Excursions

Join us from your classroom to explore how your students can be active citizens. Inspire them to consider how they can make a difference. Our programs take students on a journey to special places in the building, bringing historical events and people to life, analysing primary sources, completing group activities