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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  • I visited the gallery with friends. We have targeted us the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Collection, as well as the sculpture garden and it regarded James Turrell Skyspace. It's worth. Small Henry (1 year) found the fountain in front of the entrance to cool down but the best :)
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  • The collection is wonderful - very wide-ranging and interesting. It's also in a lovely location in Canberra overlooking the lake. The cafe is very ordinary with a very run of the mill menu choice.  more »
  • We did the National Gallery on a Sunday; so the parking is free on Sundays, in its own car park. There was an activity area at the entry level, so our 4 and 6 year old could be bribed with a play ther...  more »
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  • A world class gallery. I love visiting the permanent collection at the National Gallery which is as thoughtful in its range as it is extensive. I love meandering through the beautiful building and as entry is free I know I can skip over parts without feeling like I'm not getting value for my visit. It's a bit of a family tradition but I always end each visit with a light meal in the excellent restaurant. The new acquisition of the Ned Kelly series is a must see.
  • I visited the National Gallery of Australia with my wife, daughter and some family friends. The gallery collection is very impressive, and the gallery is well maintained, however our visit was soured by an incredibly rude woman working the gift shop counter. She stood behind the counter, scowling at our party as we browsed the meagre offerings of the shop, before moving over to us, telling my friend to "move" and opening a low drawer so promptly as to catch my friend's calf as she attempted to get out of the way. This horrible experience greatly diminished our appreciation of our visit, and I daresay it will be a long time until we visit again.
  • Free culture. Cant complain about that. One of my favourite things is to wander around the gallery then enjoy a coffee over looking the lake and gardens.
  • The layout of the place is pretty terrible which means you have to walk back and forth quite a bit. There's a lot of sculpture and sort of modern "protest art" which does nothing for me. I really liked the Australian landscapes and there's a surprisingly large, and impressive selection of photography compared to other galleries I've been to, although it annoys me that they label their silver gelatin prints as "gelatin silver photographs". Also I think they could improve the lighting as it caused a lot of reflection on the glass in front of some of the artworks.
  • The National Gallery has something for everyone. They have collections from world renowned artists and others who are just emerging. Modern art combined with more traditional forms‚Äčof indigenous artwork. The sculpture garden us great too. Worth spending a but of time here, especially if you have kids. They children's section downstairs will keep them interested for hours. Lots of craft and activities.

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