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. Put National Gallery of Australia into our Canberra trip itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Worth a visit to the NCOA, so much to see of varying artists, styles and visual displays. Even Monet paintings were on display.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We usually visit to see an exhibition, this time however we went just to view the permanent collection. Wonderful exhibition of Australian paintings from the NGA collection.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Canberra is one very lucky city with the magnificent Art Gallery to enjoy. Recently really enjoyed the Versailles exhibition but there is so much on offer at the gallery that there is no need to pay f...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Fantastic place. Visited for the Versailles exhibit; didn't get to spend nearly as much time as I'd like seeing the rest of the place. Very helpful staff and volunteers; only downside was the food was pricey, but then you know that going in. If I lived in Canberra I'd visit all the time.
  • Fantastic exhibitions in an amazing building, set right next to Lake Burley Griffin. Good coffee shop and excellent gift shop. Easy parking too. But the art contained in this building is the star attraction. Truly wonderful.
  • I love the National Gallery! An interesting and diverse collection. Great way to spend a lazy day and you can enjoy a good cup of coffee or delicious lunch at the cafe too.
  • I'm consistently amazed at the quality of the exhibitions they have here. Even the permanent exhibitions have some remarkably famous artworks. Don't forget to take a walk around the gardens if the weather is nice. There are some great outdoor sculptures and you'll also find James Turrell's Skyspace.

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