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“What a Building”

National Portrait Gallery
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$137.54*
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Canberra Day Trip from Sydney
Ranked #8 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.
Brisbane, Australia
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“What a Building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

This is a lovely gallery - the portraits are interesting both in the subject matter and their presentation, the building is worth seeing
and worth a visit even if you don't look at the portraits. The gallery shop is excellent with lots of educational things for kids too.

Visited September 2013
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Wollongong, Australia
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“Excellent experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

Great collection of portraits housed in a unique and beautiful building. This gallery regularly hosts exceptional special exhibitions. Check out its website. It is very close to the High Court and the National Gallery so - park once and get the choice of
visiting 3 superb venues.

Visited September 2013
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43 reviews
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“Inspiring stories”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Allow time to wander around the Portrait Gallery and read the amazing stories which accompany the portraits. Free entrance and the most welcoming security staff anywhere ! Small café and bookshop. Great stop on a cycle or walk around the Parliamentary triangle near Lake Burley Griffin. Enjoy !

Visited July 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Brilliant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Free admission except for special exhibitions. Free undercover parking. Easy access. Brilliant displays.

Visited September 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“An interesting afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

Highly enjoyable portrait collection of notable Australians. Excellent exhibition from an overseas photographer, Richard Avedon. Great cafe. What more could you want?

Visited September 2013
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