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National Portrait Gallery

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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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I love visiting the National Portrait gallery every 6-12 months. There is a general collection which I have not seen change significantly, but is absolutely worth a visit. If you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love visiting the National Portrait gallery every 6-12 months. There is a general collection which I have not seen change significantly, but is absolutely worth a visit. If you take the time to read the information provided it provides a fabulous insight into Australian history covering people and topics often neglected. This is a free exhibition. Additionally, the gallery... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great collection of Australian and international art. And the special exhibitions are always worth a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Just when you think you can skip through a whole gallery in ten minutes, you really can't because there are so many, many stories attached to each and every painting. The research into each person's life and work is breathtaking and you can quickly become overwhelmed reading the text next to each painting. Stop off in the cafe for some... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

great time looking at portraits here great staff and very helpful lots and lots to see takes a few hours to get around

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommend attending this gallery. A few Archibald Prize winners amongst the famous faces here. Would not recommend taking small children

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Canberra
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though this is only a gallery of portraits, the very wide range of styles and types of people the portraits are based on, make it a very dynamic interesting exhibition.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has so many portraits half the fun is wandering around trying to see who you recognise. Even the kids were amazed at the life like pictures, this really is an amazing place. We spent a good two hours here and could probably have spent more.

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Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very well set museum. With interesting work. Covering the cross section of Australian life. After our tour we also enjoyed nice coffee in the cafe. It was great experience for the whole family.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Its not just the paintings that are interesting but the stories about the sitters are too, a history of Australian personalities up to the present day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The display changes reasonably regularly. We tend to visit at least once a year, and find new paintings each time. A great way to look at Australiana through art. Magnificent building, displaying fine concrete (I am an engineer) and beautiful timber work. Take a look at the timber trusses in the ceiling of the public area.

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