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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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Nice collection

Some stunning pieces on view. Quite a diverse collection, well worth the visit. Allow at least an hour. Nice cafe on site as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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adelaide
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Some stunning pieces on view. Quite a diverse collection, well worth the visit. Allow at least an hour. Nice cafe on site as well.

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The National Portrait Gallery is typical of Canberra - an understated piece of genius. You're walking down by the lake, see the building, wonder what's in there, wander in and you're transfixed. Go there - often.

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

Hi Neil, thanks for visiting the Gallery. Hope to see you again on your next visit. More 

Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting portraits from Colonial days until the present. The gallery also has interesting change over exhibitions. There is a bookshop and also a cafe.

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

Hi E, 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 

Caves Beach, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

even for non art lovers it was very interesting. Couple of hours needed. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it

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

Hi Jen, thanks for visiting the Gallery. Hope you can make it back for another visit again. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The National Portrait Gallery is a great place to meet friends for a catch up in the café and a wander through the latest exhibition or as a destination venue. The café has great coffee and a range of food options as well as some outside seating if the weather permits. Excellent gift shopping opportunities abound in the shop as... More 

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

Hi Sandi, thanks for visiting the Gallery and for your kind recommendations for other visitors. We hope you can make it back for another visit in the future. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the gallery. Wonderful collection and just the right size. Lovely afternoon moving through the gallery, it was quiet and I love the bookstore.

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

Hi Jamie, thanks for visiting the Gallery, it is great to hear you had a good time. We hope you can make it back for another visit in the future. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited the Tough & Tender photographic exhibition during the winter festival. The gallery was buzzing with kids and knitters all clearly having a great time. We wove our way through the melee into the serene gallery space where the photos were displayed. The photos colour and black and white explored intimacy and relationships. It is a well named exhibition with... More 

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

Hi Linda, thanks for visiting the Gallery and for your kind recommendations. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the exhibition Tough and Tender on one of our busiest days of the year! The collection and exhibition displays are always changing and we hope you can make it back for another visit in the future. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Decided to visit this gallery on a whim. Took a bus which was quite economical compared to parking fees. It is free to enter, which was another welcome change. Big backpacks have to be left with the cloak room. The portraits are outstanding works of art and they are all of well known Australians. Beside each portrait is a very... More 

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

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

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited for a short time on a weekend visit to Canberra, some lovely art work of portraits to see, not very big so does not need a lot of time but enjoyable. Staff were very helpful

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

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

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to walk in and check out the NPG after 18 years in Canberra. Not an art connoisseur, yet I enjoyed the variety and individuality of each artist as they depicted their view of people, sometimes even themselves. When I visited, there was a range of Arthur Boyd's portraits and self-portraits. 'Women in action' was interesting though I felt would... More 

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

Hi S, 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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