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Photograph of the exterior of a large, heritage listed building lit up at dusk.
Photograph of a room with red velvet seats in a U-shaped formation.
Photograph of a room with green leather seats in a U-shaped formation.
Photograph of a large room with high cream walls with paintings hanging on the walls. The room has red carpet and a statue of Queen Victoria in the centre. There is a mezzanine at the far end of the room with two large framed paintings on it. There are windows around the top of the room with a large chandelier in the centre of the ceiling.
Photograph of the inside of a two-level library with large internal columns and shelves of books with colourful spines.
Photograph of the exterior of a large, heritage listed building lit up at dusk.

Parliament of Victoria

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John George Knight, Peter Kerr 1855

Description

Plans for Parliament House were drawn in 1855, with construction taking place from the inside out. Within only 11 months, the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council Chambers were completed in 1856 and connected by a corridor at the back. The library was completed in 1861 and then the Vestibule and Queen's Hall were completed in 1879 providing a grand entrance to Parliament House and allowing for greater movement between the two chambers.

Parliament House continues to change, with restoration works and efforts to improve accessibility transforming the building in recent years and continuing to support its significance as the location of the State Parliament of Victoria and one of Melbourne's most iconic buildings.

What's On

The Parliament of Victoria will offer guided tours of Parliament House, allowing visitors to learn about the historic building and the role of Parliament in debating issues and passing laws. These tours will be presented by our professional tour guides and take approximately 40 minutes. Visitors will move through the Legislative Chambers and learn about the Westminster system of Parliament, explore the grand Queen’s Hall, admire the portraits of past Premiers that adorn the walls, and discover the Parliamentary Library holding more than 50,000 books and reports.

Images: (1) Exterior of Parliament House. (2) Legislative Council. (3) Legislative Assembly. (4) Queen's Hall. (5) Parliamentary library. All photos: courtesy of Parliament of Victoria. (6) Exterior of Parliament House.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 July
Tours running every half hour starting at 10am. Last tour departs at 3.30pm
Running for 40 minutes in groups of 25

Sunday 28 July
Tours running every half hour starting at 9am. Last tour departs at 2pm
Running for 40 minutes in groups of 25

Bookings required—$7 booking fee applies
First release tickets: 12pm Wednesday 3 July
Second release tickets: 12pm Saturday 6 July

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour starts for security screening and check-in. Photo identification is required.

Photography is permitted at the discretion of the tour guide.

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ACCESSIBILITY

Fully wheelchair accessible

Location

Parliament House, Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002

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