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Map showing The Museum of Australian Democracy At Eureka

Phone: +61 3 5333 0333

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) is an Australian museum, which engages visitors in the compelling story of democracy. The stories are told of the ordinary men and women, past and present, which have fought for the democratic freedoms we enjoy today.

Located on the historic site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade, M.A.D.E explores the powerful story of Eureka as a significant part of the struggle for peoples’ rights in Australia and around the world. M.A.D.E commemorates the pivotal role of the Stockade in shaping Australia’s democracy. This is where a group of largely young people fought injustice, and won some of the first democratic rights in the world.

M.A.D.E’s permanent exhibition uses innovative digital immersion to engage visitors with the questions: What is democracy and why do we care? Why has it been fought for, yesterday and today? What does it feel like to be without power?

Combining contemporary technology with historic objects, the role of the people as the centre of democracy is explored. How are decisions made? Who are they made for? What influence do you have in our contemporary democracy today?

Iconic historic objects are also on display including the Flag of the Southern Cross, which is generously on loan from the Art Gallery of Ballarat. The flag is exhibited for the first time since 1854 on this historic site.

Through a series of exciting public programs and temporary exhibitions, visitors are inspired to explore diversity, creativity and the hidden stories of the past and present. As a centre of discussion on contemporary democracy, M.A.D.E has been proud to host some of Australia’s most creative thinkers.