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Address: King Edward Terrace, Canberra 2600, Australia
Phone Number: 02 6102 7000
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The new National Portrait Gallery building, situated on King Edward...

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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nice place

free entrance and always nice to visit the gallery, shop and cafe. Nice architecture. Good place to hold a large event such as a reception or corporate dinner.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited this gallery on recommendations on trip advisor. Great that it's free entry but we went with 4 kids.... So you need to choose a few portraits to learn about then move on. The kids only managed about an hour looking through the galleries. Great cafe to stop at for coffee and lunch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

free entrance and always nice to visit the gallery, shop and cafe. Nice architecture. Good place to hold a large event such as a reception or corporate dinner.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A wonderful gallery to see so many famous Australians portraits by various artists. I was pleasantly delighted to see a gallery focused on portraits.

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PortraitGallery, Marketing and Communications at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this review

Hi Bella, Thanks for visiting the Gallery and for your recommendations. We hope you're able to make it back for another visit in the future. More 

Robina, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I spent about an hour here looking through the various portraits. My favourite was the Debra Mailman portrait on the old potato bags. I hadn't heard of many of the subjects but it was interesting to read what part they have played in our country's history.

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PortraitGallery, Marketing and Communications at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this review

Hi Miss Doo, Thanks for visiting the Gallery and for your recommendations. We hope you're able to make it back for another visit in the future. More 

Melbourne , Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Always great . Has never let us down , and a must see for us each time we visit Canberra . The temporary exhibition , as usual , was excellent .

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PortraitGallery, Marketing and Communications at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this review

Hi Kelvin, Thanks for visiting the Gallery and for your recommendations. We hope you're able to make it back for another visit in the future. More 

Kenthurst, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

visited the National Portait Gallery to see the Elvis Presly display. Easy to gt to and parking was good

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PortraitGallery, Marketing and Communications at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this review

Hi Loretta, Thanks for visiting the Gallery and for your recommendations. We hope you're able to make it back for another visit in the future. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Portrait Gallery has a huge collection of portraits of famous and notable Australians. We always find a few new faces on our regular visits, and only part of the huge collection can be shown at any time. Each visit is a history lesson.

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PortraitGallery, Marketing and Communications at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this review

Hi Thomas, Thanks for visiting the Gallery and for your recommendations. We hope you're able to make it back for another visit in the future. More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our visit to this interesting collection of portraits of famous and infamous Australian characters. Each one is partnered with a very interesting narrative and it was the quite achievers that I found most fascinating. There is also a very good shop and café on site.

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PortraitGallery, Marketing and Communications at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this review

Hi Suzanne, Thanks for visiting the Gallery and for your recommendations. We hope you're able to make it back for another visit in the future. More 

Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved it so did partner and children. Enjoyed that it was free and you could wander around and read the profiles for each portrait. Loved the door man too!

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PortraitGallery, Marketing and Communications at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this review

Hi Robyn, Thanks for visiting the Gallery and for your recommendations. We hope you're able to make it back for another visit in the future. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an incredible place presenting the history and identity of Australia through an amazing range of portraits of its people, both past and present. Pop stars, explorers, scientists, sportspeople, politicians, dancers, academics, philosophers, business leaders, indigenous activists.... and so many more categories are presented. And the presentation is superb; every portrait is accompanied by a panel which starts with... More 

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PortraitGallery, Marketing and Communications at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this review

Hi D, thanks for visiting the Gallery and for your recommendations. We hope you're able to make it back for another visit in the future. More 

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