National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

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#4 of 19 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. Plan to visit National Portrait Gallery during your Canberra vacation using our convenient Canberra itinerary maker.
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  • August 15, 2017
    A must see to visit the Portrait Gallery, it's easy to view the fantastic displays and in walking distance to many attractions. Worthwhile.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    I had never been to this Gallery before and was very surprised with the works that were exhibited here. It is definitely worth visiting when you are Canberra.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    What a superb exhibition that all ages can enjoy. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this social history insight into everyday people in Georgian England - no elite or royal subjects just people of the ...  more »
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  • A great collection of portraits each with a brief story about the subject. Only downside is that the subjects aren't representative of Australia, rather there is a strong focus on the rich and famous and on artists. Where are the tradesmen that built the country, the farmers that fed them and the nurses that cared for them?
  • Excellent way to learn about great Australians. The different media used for the various portraits shows a transition through the ages, from wax and marble through to digital. Great experience. Highly recommended.
  • The photographic portrait exhibition was outstanding. The collection is worth a visit at any time.
  • Good exhibits, bookshop and cafe. Worth a visit for the out of towner.
  • Live music performance was the best part of our last visit. I could sit there for hours listening to the music

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