National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

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Opened in 2008 and conveniently located on King Edward Terrace, National Portrait Gallery displays nearly 400 portraits of prominent Australians who have helped shaped their nation. Portraits exhibited here represent a variety of media and are displayed in several galleries, each symbolizing a different era of the country's history. The venue often hosts temporary exhibitions from around the world, as well as lectures and seminars by well-known art scholars and historians. Visitors have access to several public areas inside or next to this building, including a small cafe, an events room, a theater, a well-stocked bookstore, and secure parking. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Canberra using our trip planner.
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  • The Shakespeare to Winehouse exhibit, whilst a little pricey, was fantastic. It offered me the chance to see some pieces I never thought I'd see. The portraits were grouped beautifully with themes of....  more
    The Shakespeare to Winehouse exhibit, whilst a little pricey, was fantastic. It offered me the chance to see some pieces I never thought I'd see. The portraits were grouped beautifully with themes of....  more »
  • Marvellous portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London and an amazing collection throughout the rest of the gallery. Laugh out loud at Dame Edna in the Christine Keeler pose and... 
    Marvellous portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London and an amazing collection throughout the rest of the gallery. Laugh out loud at Dame Edna in the Christine Keeler pose and...  more »
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  • Very interesting. Great way to see a different more personal touch to history. Lovely the interactive app where you could "hear the portraits speak." Also went to one of the events and had a blast. Hope they do more night time events. Worth the money
  • Went down to see the exhibition from the London Portrait gallery, thought maybe 45 minutes. Was close to 2 hours with a great coffee and cake. The regular gallery is also really enjoyable. Bonus is a short walk only to the National Gallery Blue Poles, brilliant traditional indigenous arts and sculpture garden.

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