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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  • So many great works here, well worth the trip! Couldn't believe it was free entry and free parking. Really appreciated this on our family road trip. 
    So many great works here, well worth the trip! Couldn't believe it was free entry and free parking. Really appreciated this on our family road trip.  more »
  • Call me spoilt but I think the gallery in Canberra is underwhelming. Save for a few interesting works like blue poles and some from Sidney Nolan I would not rush back. The gallery is not a shadow on.....  more
    Call me spoilt but I think the gallery in Canberra is underwhelming. Save for a few interesting works like blue poles and some from Sidney Nolan I would not rush back. The gallery is not a shadow on.....  more »
  • We were hoping to see many of Australia’s great art pieces but sadly there were very few. The gallery is vast and cavernous with many various galleries to enter. Unfortunately at least 90% of what we....  more
    We were hoping to see many of Australia’s great art pieces but sadly there were very few. The gallery is vast and cavernous with many various galleries to enter. Unfortunately at least 90% of what we....  more »
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  • Popped in for the first time in over 10 years. There is a massive variety of art to see at the gallery (see photos). The Matisse and Picasso exhibition is on at the moment so I went to that as well. It has heaps of information, a range of work by both artists and is very easy to work your way through. Well worth the money! I also enjoyed the pop art section and Dali film.
  • It was way more modern than I expected and there were many great works displayed. The architecture of the whole place is pretty incredible as well with little windows and nooks that accentuated the uniqueness of the building. We didn't stay too long so we were running around a little, but you could easily spend hours here. There are also great sculptures around outside of the Gallery so don't forget to allow time for a stroll after.
  • So interesting from the moment I entered the building. Came to see the Picasso Matisse exhibition. Pity no portraits of early Picasso. His style changed so radically from his early works. Viewing Matisse works one could see what his more favorite pieces were as details became finished. All in all definitely worth a visit. Also viewed HUGH RAMSEY works which were truly stunning. The body form beautifully detailed even to the veins on hands etc. He certainly was an amazingly skilled artist a talent that takes your breath away. I highly recommend a visit to view the HUGH RAMSEY exhibition.
  • A great place to visit when your looking for a bit of a relax or there is an exhibit you’ve been interested in. There is underground parking which is great for hot days when you need shade. The food in the cafeteria is of a higher standard than one might expect, it was really good and had lots of flavour. I plan on visiting again soon.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to wander around the gallery. There is so much to see and the lighting in the building is perfect for each of the galleries. The Matisse and Picasso exhibition was was enjoyable but my favourite ended up being Hugh Ramsay and, as with the others, set perfectly to present his art. When walking around, don’t think “I’ll pop back to see that” as you probably won’t because you turn a corner and there’s more to explore. The cafe on the LG provides great coffee and food with friendly staff.

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