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Attraction ian 4/7/2014

Parliament may not be sitting but there’s plenty happening at Old and New Parliament Houses.

Prime Minister's Suite Old Parliament HouseAt new Parliament House visitors can discover the stories behind the building on a special tour to learn how the building’s architecture is symbolic of our national identity. There is a also a peek at private areas like the Ministerial Wing, the Mural Hall and the Prime Minister’s Courtyard. There are Feel the Heritage Tours until April 21 at 10:30am and 1:30pm daily (60 minutes on week days and and extra 20 minutes on weekends) – bookings are essential on (02) 6277 5043 and the official website is www.aph.gov.au/tours.

Down the hill in the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is an exhibition titled Beyond the Veneer: A fresh look at the Prime Minister’s Suite. In collaboration with Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, five artists were invited into the Prime Minister’s Suite to interpret the rooms through craft and design, resulting in this special exhibition.

Any art form or material type was able to be utilised, as long as the final work reflected an aspect of the physical space, its historical use or the personality of the people who used it. On a recent visit, I couldn’t help but imagine full ashtrays, scotch and late evening discussions across that table in the photo. I think my material would be curtains in need of dry cleaning.

This one runs until May 11, from 9:00am to 5:00pm – phone (02) 6270 8222. Here’s the website link.

And, of course, if you are a visitor to Canberra, there's no handier or friendlier place to stay than Rydges Capital Hill.

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