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“Put this gallery on your to do list”

National Portrait Gallery
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$144.28*
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Canberra Day Trip from Sydney
Ranked #8 of 220 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.
Adelaide, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Put this gallery on your to do list”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

A great gallery which displays a number of portraits of Australians who have shaped our history. Well worth a visit when you. Art in the nation's capital.

Visited November 2013
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Inspiring”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

Such an inspiration to meet so many amazing Australians and their stories through portraits. Make this a must do when you visit Canberra. Deborah Mailman's portrait is wonderful.

Visited November 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“Don't miss the Avedon exhibition, it's closing soon!”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

For reasons I don't understand, the portrait gallery doesn't do summer blockbuster exhibitions, instead doing lots of small exhibitions which it doesn't publicise much.
The current exhibition, Richard Avedon People, is the best temporary art exhibition (as opposed to simply the best photography exhibition) I've ever seen, so it's a bit sad that many people will never even know it was in town! On the other hand, one of the great things about the portrait gallery is that it's never crowded.
There are free tours of both the permanant collection and whatever temporary exhibition is on, the tour of the Avedon exhibition was brilliant, the guide was both very knowledgeable and very passionate - I must find time to take the permanant collection tour some time!

Visited November 2013
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Canberra
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Exhibitions”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

Great venue, awesome portraits and a lovely cafe to relax in... they also have a great bookshop full of little surprises.

Visited September 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Interesting displays changing all the time”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

This place always has such interesting displays and it always changing. Being a small place, it is great to squeeze in a visit in between other places

Visited August 2013
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