National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

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#3 of 23 in Museums in Canberra
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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  • Lots of wonderfull works here including the current Arthur Streeton collection of paintings he did as a war artist. Don't miss this.  more »
  • Great collection with excellent portrait gallery and a bookshop with some wonderful books. Easy parking and friendly helpful staff  more »
  • There are, as one would expect, a number of styles exhibited here. We only had a brief time to visit so we tried to see some of the more important artworks. Of course Blue Poles was on the list as wel...  more »
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  • Always worth a visit whether for the regular collection or a block buster. Has a great shop full of beautiful or quirky items and gifts. Gallery staff are helpful and polite. The architecture is also a feature in itself. Don't miss the sculpture garden as even a quick walk through will impress. Take a picnic even the weather is fine as there are lots of spots to spread a blanket between the gallery and lake.
  • Fabulous museum housing modern and Aboriginal arts. There's an extensive collection of Australian and foreign arts including Renaissance and abstract exhibitions. It's free to enter and enjoy the display and the museum is easy to navigate too. During the week, it's practically empty so you could enjoy the art display in peace. There are a couple of cafes if you want to sit for a cup.
  • 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.
  • A fitting national gallery, with a fine mix of modern and colonial Australian Art, Aboriginal Art and World (mostly European) art. The Aboriginal bark paintings are my personal favourite. The cafe food is great and a good spot to stop for lunch.
  • Another must see when you’re in Canberra! You can simply spend hours in here and just immerse yourself in the wonderful exhibitions the gallery has up! Definitely recommend 👌

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