2014 is the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies becoming prime minister for the first time. The intense and politically-charged term (1939-41) defined the man who would become Australia’s longest-serving prime minister.

To mark the occasion the Museum of Australian Democracy invited former prime minister and admirer of Menzies, John Howard, to guest curate this exhibition. Howard believes that, ‘in the long sweep of history’, Menzies was Australia’s greatest prime minister. In this exhibition Howard shares his reflections on and insights into Menzies’ first term, and the experiences that shaped Australia’s longest-serving prime minister.

Opening hours

Menzies by John Howard is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Open daily 9-5pm (closed Christmas Day)

$2 adults, $1 children and concessions, $5 family

18 King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra

Slide through the timeline and touch milestones with this symbol to see more

The Museum of Australian Democracy would like to acknowledge the following people for their work on this exhibition:

Curator: The Hon. John Howard OM AC

Consultant historian: Ian HancockExhibition design: BannyanWood

Photographs in this exhibition have been provided courtesy of:

Mrs Heather Henderson

The Museum of Australian Democracy sincerely thanks the Menzies family for its generous support of this exhibition.