National Portrait Gallery exterior. Image Courtesy of Brett Boardman

National Portrait Gallery

Look into the eyes of over 400 people who've shaped the nation at the National Portrait Gallery, on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin. Gain a greater understanding of the Australian people – their identity, history, creativity and culture – through portraiture.

From Howard Arkley’s portrait of Nick Cave, to Ned Kelly’s death mask, the portraits include a fascinating array of artists, musicians, entertainers, politicians, sports people and royalty.

The Portrait Gallery Store and Portrait Cafe are both popular destinations in their own right, and a perfect accompaniment to any visit.

DETAILS

OPENING HOURS

Daily: 10am - 5pm; Closed Christmas Day.

ENTRY COSTS

Free

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TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLER RATING

Ranked #3 of 197 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor

AWARDS

Traveler's Choice

Certificate of Excellence 2016

TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLER REVIEWS

Hidden treasure

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Many people do not know the delights within this smaller gallery. There are so many portraits representative of many many talented Australians living and dead. Of note is the exhibition about notable...

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Well worth a visit

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Each time I visit Canberra we go to the gallery. Helpful staff and much of interest. Ther is also a good cafe for a break. Jed422

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Loved the Australian art

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Enjoyed this art space very much. There was a great variety of art to view and the building space was beautiful as well. Enjoyed the Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly series, great art and interesting...

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