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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.
National Portrait Gallery Reviews
This was such a great exhibition, we had to go back the next day as we didn’t get through it all. Great range of portraits from music, Australian history, etc. Well worth a few hours. more »
The Portrait Gallery in Canberra is a wonderful place to visit to see portraits of notable Australians. Upfront were pictures of political figures which we have all seen enough of and should be... more »
Mostly really good. Did have issues getting around with the pram and nappy bag as security was pretty tough. Recommend you take minimal on the day. Very basic parent room but it does the job. Echoed a bit (noticed when my newborn wouldn't stop farting lol). Well displayed artwork and pretty easy parking. Cafe was pretty good too.
Loved, loved, loved this place. Very cleverly set up, taking you on a jouney through Australian History through the faces of those who lived it. Wonderful to see strong, independent women acknowledged and celebrated. My favourite place visited in Canberra 😍
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