MoAD reopens four months after doors burned down

By Anna Macdonald

April 29, 2022

crowd on the balcony at MoAD
The MoAD relaunch. (Rohan Thomson)

The Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) has reopened at Old Parliament House following the burning down of the doors by protestors in December.

The museum reopened at a launch event on 28 April, launching a new exhibition that examines the relationship between democracy, Australia’s people, and its prime ministers.

According to the ABC, director of MoAD Daryl Karp said launching an exhibition on democracy was pertinent during a federal election campaign.

Entering the building will continue through a side entrance as repairs continue from fire damage to the door and front entrance.

“This ambitious exhibition invites visitors to explore the events that shaped the nation, the fundamental debates that defined generations, and the stories of the people who shaped our democracy,” said Karp in a statement.

The building will be used as an official polling site for the federal election, with the Australian Electoral Commission’s website listing it as available on 21 May.

In February, Karp told The Mandarin: “To have the Museum of Australian Democracy closed in the lead up to an election just tears at the fabric of who I am. We create a huge event around it and that sense of voting in this extraordinary building.”

Another exhibition launched at the event is titled ‘Statement: Jack Green’s Paintings’. The exhibition by Garrwa artist Jack Green features 19 paintings by the artist in a submission to the joint parliamentary enquiry on the Northern Territory.


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