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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
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"great portraits"
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"famous australians"
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"walks of life"
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"australian history"
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Reviewed yesterday

I always enjoy checking out the Annual National Photographic Portrait Exhibition, 2018's selection was no disappointment. An excellent selection of diverse and iconic Australian images. I ended my visit with a simple meal at the cafe, and an enjoyable shopping spree at the gift shop.

Thank Meg K
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful gallery. It has a very peaceful feel to it. The displayed works have been placed considerately. This building is not too large so you don't feel lost in it. Great coffee shop also.

Thank Diane H
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I visited here to keep my wife and some other family members happy as these kinds of places don’t interest me at all, some of the art was very interesting. if portraits of people from Australian history then yes you will enjoy this place.

Thank Mr Benson W
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I love the National Portrait Gallery. It probably is worth 5 stars, but the War Memorial was better. I was surprised by the number of portraits, some of the inclusions and some of the absentees. It was the latter that surprised me - less about...More

Thank NP3003
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a well maintained space that incorporates portraits of many people famous and otherwise.So varied and interesting.A must do when in Canberra.

Thank hbgser
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was an exhibit of portraits which could be about anyone at all. Some were gorgeous, others make you wonder why they were included, but what would I know? The rest of the gallery, which isn't big, has very interesting pictures, both photographic and drawn...More

Thank betsey67
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The gallery is very well laid out and easy to access. Parking available on-site. A very interesting and varied collection of portraits. Well worth a visit.

Thank Colinoskapee
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a collection of portraits, past and present. Will usually have something going on, and I highly recommend any of their nighttime activities. There's enough variety of artist and subject that you'll get lost simply looking at the details of each one. Not great for...More

Thank Sam G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is always worth visiting the Portrait Gallery as there is always something new to see in special exhibitions Even with the permanent collection you still find something new as well as visiting “old friends” The short video on Rosie Batty that accompanied her photo...More

Thank Rotiman1
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent about 2 hours here and enjoyed all of the portraits and the story boards with each of them. Lots of familiar faces and many that we learnt about. Thoroughly enjoyable. Right next to the NGA - attached by a large outdoor walkway.

Thank rosieg1900
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PortraitGallery, Public Relations Manager at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit Rosie!

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