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“Art at its best” 4 of 5 stars
Review of National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
King Edward Terrace, Canberra 2600, Australia
02 6102 7000
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Ranked #2 of 96 Attractions in Canberra
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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“Art at its best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the gallery. The artwork is amazing and well positioned. If you are in the area take the time to visit !

Visited April 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“A must-visit in Canberra”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

The Portrait Gallery has so much to offer - you will never be disappointed! Firstly, it's a great piece of modern architecture in Canberra, so archi-lovers will enjoy the exterior, and interiors too. I am more drawn to portrait-style art, despite not being artsy at all, so I always enjoy a visit here! The current photographic portrait exhibition is just great.

Plus, it has a great gallery shop, and a nice cafe with a great aspect for some afternoon sun. It's easy to combine this with a visit to the National Gallery of Australia as well, to make an all-out great day.

Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“So many faces, so many stories, so little time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

What a wonderful gallery with the most amazing exhibition of beautiful portraits. The chronological galleries are great and there are just so many stories to stop and read. I've got a list of reading ow to follow up on. A very relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Visited April 2013
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“INTERESTING ARCHITECTURE - LIMITED CONTENT”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

The gallery is an attractive modern building and the artwork on display provides an interesting insight into Australia's self image. No great art here and some of the "Australians" are really a bit more European than the credits disclose. Overall, an opportunity to put faces to,the names.

Visited March 2013
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“Always fresh.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

I make a point of stopping for a look every time I am in Canberra. This time there was a Photographic competition on display. A nice change of pace from the usual. Some of the explanatory notes are a hoot and could be published as a collection of trite nonsense. Some of the offerings in the prominent Australian women exhibit are a little puzzling. That of Cathy Freeman is a masterpiece and yet the work of Ita Buttrose is a little obscure. The choices of those ladies featured make little sense other than they were accessible. The buliding is fabulous and visitors should take time tojust sit in the foyer and look at the architecture.

Visited April 2013
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