Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra

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Canberra Museum and Gallery is an art gallery and museum in Canberra, the capital of Australia. It is located on London Circuit, in Civic in the centre of the city. The gallery was opened on 13 February, 1998.The museum holds a strong collection of artworks and museum objects relating to the Canberra region. Works in the permanent collection are currently exhibited in the Reflecting Canberra permanent exhibition, which opened on 14 February 2001. The exhibition includes a range of works including material relating to the Canberra bushfires of 2003.There are several galleries located on two floors of the building, which have different exhibitions of paintings, photography or other works of art and the social history of Canberra. In its first five years the gallery had held 158 exhibitions. Entry to the gallery is free.CMAG is part of ACT Museums and Galleries which is an administrative unit of the Cultural Facilities Corporation (CFC), part of the ACT Government. The CFC was established under the Cultural Facilities Corporation Act 1997 for the purpose of managing and developing a number of the ACT’s major cultural assets: the Canberra Theatre; the Canberra Museum and Gallery; the Nolan Collection and ACT Historic Places (Lanyon, Calthorpes’ House and Mugga Mugga). The Corporation’s responsibilities span across the performing and visual arts, social history and cultural heritage management.Consisting of the Canberra Museum and Gallery, the Nolan Collection and ACT Historic Places (Lanyon, Calthorpes’ House and Mugga Mugga), ACT Museums and Galleries delivers a range of cultural services to the community in providing activities such as exhibitions, public and education programs, as well as through collecting, conserving and presenting significant aspects of the ACT’s cultural heritage.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The central location, good coffee and toasted sandwiches make this a good spot to meet. Perusing the artworks is also a bonus....  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This gallery was a complete surprise and delight. Finding the room of Sidney Nolan paintings was a bonus as I had accidentally missed his art at the National Gallery. The two birds by Nolan are a comp...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    I love glass exhibitions and this one by Kirsty Rea around theme of land is a beauty. The glass is of a different proportion to what im used to and the colour shades bright and subtle. The attached ph...  more »
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  • It is a nice building. A good spot to hang out and it has some nice art pieces. All of that is free of charge.
  • Great and convenient location. Gallery was ok and not a bad place to check out
  • Central location with nice feel to it. Art treasures tucked in a quiet area. Good cafe. Friendly staff
  • Amazing place , make sure to come early to see all the sections , there's parking all around the museum
  • Very nice exhibition space. Generally has interesting and sometimes slightly transgressive shows of usually minor artists and local interest subjects. Caters well also for children with a small free craft table and a book nook for quiet reading. Small cafe with limited hours.

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