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National Portrait Gallery

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Address: King Edward Terrace, Canberra 2600, Australia
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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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The National Portrait Gallery is easy to visit in an hour or so and has some memorable and easily recognisable portraits of well known Australian people.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Perth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The National Portrait Gallery is easy to visit in an hour or so and has some memorable and easily recognisable portraits of well known Australian people.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This Gallery has ever-changing portraits as well as some regulars so is always worth a look. We always visit here when we're in Canberra and have always been pleased with the time spent. Staff are informative and helpful.

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Greater Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are visting Canberra then the National Portrait Gallery should be on the list of places to visit. It provides an insight into the history of Australia through with many iconic pieces on display. The gallery is an easy walkaround with good facilities and an excellent cafe if you are in need of refreshment.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Definitely worth a visit. Some portraits are very life like. You will recognise a lot of well known Australians. The gallery is very modern.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The detailed info on the walls near most of the portrairs really gave me an insight into lots of people I did not realise their backgrounds. Wonderful day.

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Canberra
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to the National Portrait Gallery a number of times since it opened. It's always a pleasure to wander through the permanent exhibition or special exhibitions. The venue is tranquil and serene set in front of the impressive High Court of Australia. The gift shop is extremely tempting and the cafe serves reasonable coffee. I would thoroughly recommend... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is stunning....... such different ways to show "portraits", not just paintings. New mediums like film, older mediums like sculpture. Has a few of my all time favourites, like Bob Brown as a part of a whole scene of the saving the Franklin River from damming crusade.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting gallery but not really that big. I guess theres only so many portraits of interesting Aussies? Staff were great

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Bargo, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While in canberra my wife and i decided to check out the National Portrait Gallery after seeing the Versaille exhibition. I was disappointed with the NPG, i thought that they would have had more portraits that were relevant to us we are both 58. Too many of the portraits were from the 1700 and 1800 hundreds. This is one place... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's OK to visit the gallery but nothing so especial about it. They just have some collections which are not present from other galleries.

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