National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

4.6
#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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  • Spent a great couple of hours at the Portrait Gallery, even if you’re not really into art you’d find something of interest here. Free entry which is great. Had lunch in the cafe which was really nice.  more »
  • This is excellent for an u understanding and artists impression of people who have contributed to australian history with a summary of their life and contributions acroos a rich vein of subjects.  more »
  • I really enjoyed this gallery. There was a large span of portraits that spanned the breadth of Australian history from start to finish. Lots of descriptions but did not take too long to go through.  more »
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  • Outstanding museum showcasing exceptional portrait collection both historical and modern. The extensive selection of photos and paintings by Australian and International Artists were truly a great joy to see. The museum is mostly free except for the featured collections. It's only a few minutes walk from the National Gallery and the National Library. It features a nice cafe for you to sit and enjoy a cup.
  • The National Portrait Gallery is amazing. The building is beautiful. The opening hours are quite accommodating. The permanent displays are wonderful warranting return, and the visiting displays are visually compelling. The gallery shop has hidden treasures for purchase. Generally children's activities are offered. Toilets clean, and cloaking room is trustworthy. Airconditioning.
  • One of the BEST Art Galleries I have visited Anywhere ! It has a Kids Play & Create Space as well. Something for everyone, Convenient Parking nearby. Free entry to Gallery. Wonderful collection of Australian Achievers from All walks of Life. Well Done !!
  • Nice place to visit, sufficient (paid) parking available underground. Variety of portraits thru the ages to modern ones including various mediums such as canvas and also photography etc. Very quiet and chilled out place. No fee required, but donations encouraged. Art and portrait aficionados will appreciate. Allowing 1 hour when visiting would be sufficient.
  • A fantastic gallery that highlights some of the greatest achievements of Australians across many fields such as entertainment, fashion, charity, science, politics and more. I don't think I have read so many plaques in a gallery before but I found each personal individual story to be really engaging and incredibly interesting. In addition, you also get great artwork so it makes for enhanced storytelling. Allow at least 2 hours for the main gallery exhibits.

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