National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web
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. Plan to visit National Portrait Gallery during your Fyshwick vacation using our convenient Fyshwick itinerary maker.
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  • If taking a walk around the lake, or visiting Questacon just across the grass mound, it's good to drop onto the cafe straight from the terrace tables on the Northeast of the gallery. Then check out a ...  read more »
  • An eclectic collection of paintings of people who are or were an important part of what Australia stands for by some of our most famous artists. 
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  • One of my favorite places for art, the National Gallery is beautiful and regularly updates their exhibitions, from the cultural history of nudes to death masks. On the weekends there are always free activities, from drop in drawings to live music (mostly classical). My absolute joy each visit is the Women in Focus gallery, which has an impressive dedication to women artists and subjects, to address women's absence from other historical spaces. This is an absolutely magical place to visit.
  • A great modern exhibition building with lots of space and interesting structures. This is more suited to adults rather than a family outing. As you wonder through the hallways you can learn about the history and stories behind the portraits. The gallery also has free undercover parking on weekends and public holidays.
  • Amazing being able to see the portraits of the most influential Australians... Both indigenous and otherwise. Very enjoyable gallery. Highly recommended to Australians and foreigners, as each portrait contains an explanation of the subject's significance.
  • A great gallery with free entry to a great selection of art both old and new. Cafes and National gallery close by
  • This gallery is relatively new and I think it's a great addition to the capital. The artworks are all fantastic in their own right. But what I love so much is that the people who are featured also tell the story of Australia's history and culture. I would suggest you need about an hour here.
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