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“Interesting view of Australian history” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
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$135.78*
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Canberra Day Trip from Sydney
Ranked #7 of 213 things to do in Canberra
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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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“Interesting view of Australian history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

The National Portrait gallery is free and not too big. It is well ordered and gives a very interesting insight into the people who have contributed to Australian public life over the years. Well worth a visit if you have an hour to spare.

Visited March 2013
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Worth a look, some great work. Beautiful gallery, well laid out and an amazing recent portrait of Queen Elizabeth

Visited March 2013
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“Beautiful setting for fantastic collection!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

The parking underneath made it a very easy place to visit so when we surfaced to see this wonderful example of architectural excellence we were already in a positive frame of mind. The Portrait Collection currently on display allowed us to see Australian Women Achievers as well as stroll through the galleries rooms exploring examples of past and present portraiture by a wide variety of notable Australian artists. I was even able to find two of my Archibald Prize-winning cousin, Eric Smith's works within this collection although not currently on display. It's a collection al Australians should be proud to own as a nation!

Visited February 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“worth a look”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

This is certainly worth a look. The building is quite interesting but the curation seemed to lack a bit of pizzaz and energy if thats possible.

Visited February 2013
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“Big yes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

This is a terrific gallery, well laid out and fantastic portraits. I loved the portraits of women of importance. Great collection.

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