Parliament House Art Collection
Parliament House is the home of Australia's Federal Parliament and one of the world's most acclaimed buildings. It is renowned for its impressive architecture, landscaped gardens and collection of Australian contemporary art. Works from the Parliament House Art Collection, including the Great Hall Tapestry, are always on view. Visitors may tour the building independently using a self-guiding brochure or enjoy a complimentary guided tour. Audio tours are available in English, French, German, Japanese and Chinese. All parliamentary proceedings are open to visitors. The Parliament Shop stocks a wide range of souvenirs, gifts and books. The Queen's Terrace Cafe is open for light refreshments every day.
The major collection is of over 4,000 works of contemporary art by Australian artists purchased and commissioned mainly during the 1980s when Parliament House was being built. It also includes artworks which are integrated with the architecture of the building and are expressive of Australia's national identity; the Historic Memorials Collection, dating from 1911 and including over 150 official portraits and paintings of significant events in Australian history; and a diverse collection of parliamentary memorabilia including one of the four 1297 Inspeximus issues of the Magna Carta.