National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

4.5
#4 of 23 in Museums in Canberra
Opened in 2008 and conveniently located on King Edward Terrace, National Portrait Gallery displays nearly 400 portraits of prominent Australians who have helped shaped their nation. Portraits exhibited here represent a variety of media and are displayed in several galleries, each symbolizing a different era of the country's history. The venue often hosts temporary exhibitions from around the world, as well as lectures and seminars by well-known art scholars and historians. Visitors have access to several public areas inside or next to this building, including a small cafe, an events room, a theater, a well-stocked bookstore, and secure parking. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Canberra using our trip planner.
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  • We took a lot longer than we had planned to see the Gallery. I absolutely loved the visit. There was a lot going on with exhibits that was not expected. The famous people in the gallery were from earl...  more »
  • So many unexpected faces on display from recent to those who helped build the nation, still living and since passed. I won't spoil it, but there will be plenty of people in the exhibits that everyone ...  more »
  • My first visit and I didn't allow long enough to admire each portrait fully and appreciate the skill of the artist, next time I will!  more »
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  • A lovely place to visit in Canberra. Very interesting portraits and photographs of past and present notable Australians. Has a good cafe
  • Beautifully presented space. Definitely worth taking the time to read the notes accompanying each work.
  • Wow! What a gem of a gallery. Canberra, with it's amazing array of cultural attractions, never disappoints, and this place is no exception. We were even treated to singing by a talented quartet.
  • Security made us feel completely unwelcome. First off we were told that we couldn't bring our go-pro gimbal in because we might knock over the art with it, then another security guard told us off for walking too close to the wall - even though we were getting out of his way as he tried to walk past us in the walkway! Maybe some of the staff could use an attitude adjustment?
  • Great space and interesting building. CafĂ© is great and there are fun activities for kids every now and then

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