Among the 40,000 items in the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, about 7000 are associated with politicians and about 100 were once owned by prime ministers.

The museum's staff took Fairfax Media deep inside the museum's bunker to see some of the collection.

There are the things you expect like briefcases, stationery, medals and uniforms, but others are more quirky like a pillow belonging to the first Aboriginal MP Neville Bonner.

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