National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

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Explore Australia's largest collection of art at the National Gallery of Australia. This sleek glass-and-concrete building holds more than 160,000 works from all over the world. Learn about Australian art from colonialism to the present and discover Aboriginal pieces from the oldest living culture in the world. Visit the sculpture garden where 26 pieces by international and Australian artists reside among local plants that thrive throughout the year. Check the schedule for current exhibits while you're in town. Take a look at our Canberra road trip website to schedule your visit to National Gallery of Australia and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Enjoyed our visit to the Gallery very much. We really only had time to see the Australian section, but I was very happy with that, and I look forward to going back another time to see more displays. T...  more »
  • An enjoyable exhibition - educational and thought-provoking - a recommended visit - very helpful staff  more »
  • Whether you go for a particular exhibition or just a wander you won’t be disappointed. So much to see both inside and out. Excellent cafe for lunch or a snack.  more »
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  • It’s an amazing place for all ages but especially, for kids to get familiar with their ancestors’ history. There is a specifically designed gallery for Aboriginal displaying their daily used items. Kids can also enjoy modern world interacting games where parents can also be partners to support overall team scores. Ancient mechanical gadgets are well preserved in their original shapes. A huge lobby, waiting area with coffee shop welcomes visitors while the rest is experience. Outdoor is as aesthetically strong as indoor. A good place to spend time in learning with peace of mind.
  • What a stunning place. Great variety of art works displayed in a really tastefully designed, beautiful building. Very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent free displays and attracts interesting paid exhibitions. The collection of indigenous art is impressive.
  • They have a Monet and a Pollock which I have only seen in NY, which I thought was amazing. Also the temporal exhibit of Hyper Real was great. They also have very interesting War paintings. I will take more time to visit with more time this Gallery.
  • Lovely place to visit if you love art... Good collection. Loved hyper real. Very detailed work by the artist. Staff was very helpful.
  • Wonderful museum of Aboriginal and Western Australian art. They also have a great collection of modern 20th century art. The meeting is airy, the collection is impressive, the shop and cafeteria are nice, and the brings around the building are beautiful.

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