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National Portrait Gallery

King Edward Terrace, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61 2 6102 7000
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The new National Portrait Gallery building, situated on King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Canberra, bounded by the High Court of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, displays some 400 portraits of people who have shaped Australia and who continue to shape our nation. Home to the nation's portrait collection the National Portrait Gallery comprises gallery spaces for the collection and temporary exhibitions, public areas including a cafe, shop, function room, theatrette, education and school group areas, and basement car parking.
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King Edward Terrace, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61 2 6102 7000
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There is a lot to see here about people and history in post settlement Australia. The shop is good for special and high quality gifts too. The restaurant caters for a wide variety of tastes where the kids and the adults have something to try,...More

Thank Dharugtraveller
Reviewed 5 days ago

Quite extensive and enjoyed a couple of hours wandering around viewing a good collection of portraits

Thank Diane R
Reviewed 5 days ago

First visit and did not disappoint. Great way to learn history of our nation through portraiture. Its free except for special exhibits. I enjoyed special exhibition Dempsey's People which had amazing watercolours of British street people in early 19th Century. There is also nice gift...More

Thank Arthur B
Reviewed 5 days ago

I have been to many galleries at this is up there with the best you can stroll through in an hour or take your time at the exhibitions

Thank L9832XSnickc
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We are so fortunate to have this gallery in Australia. Beautiful portraits - and busts - of significant Australians - all of whom have played a part in forming our country. There is so much to learn about the role of our forebears and their...More

Thank Sally D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited NPG as a mature couple with an elderly (but mobile) parent. Best advice is to join the free tour which gives an overview of the collection. It is informative, takes only 30mins & gives you a taste of the works that you might...More

Thank MrandMrsDespot
Reviewed 1 week ago

This gallery is my favourite.so many excellent portraits of important people that take you back in time. Some excellent works and the writings beside or underneath each portrait give an excellent run down. the gallery has a pay section for special displays but otherwise is...More

Thank Barry M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I recommend taking students to the National Portrait Gallery. We did a self-guided tour. A way to engage all students was to study the facial expressions of the portraits, and then get them to pose next to the painting with the same expression for a...More

Thank SVKay
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The portraits are amazing from Hugo Weaving to Deborah Mailman to Paul Kelly. Politicians, writers, political activists, sports men and women,musicians, film makers, people from all walks of life are so realistically portrayed. Take your time and weave your way through this amazing art.

Thank Ruth E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Allow lots of time. I spent nearly 3 hours here and still felt that I had rushed through. I managed to join a half hour tour ... free and worthwhile. You always get something extra from tours, I think. Staff were very welcoming ... Annette...More

Thank SueRoddy
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25 August 2017|
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Response from 718rosss |
Is there parking underneath the portrait gallery?