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An inside look into arts and culture in Canberra

Updated 31 Jul 2023

Discover the more than rich and diverse arts and culture scene of Canberra, where creativity knows no bounds

Explore below the surface of Canberra’s arts and culture scene where national attractions and blockbuster exhibitions spark curiosity, while local storytellers and community galleries leave you inspired and fulfilled.

In a city packed with cultural institutions and exhibitions, some the largest of their kind in the world, you’d be forgiven (kind of) for forgetting the smaller guys. But you’d be missing out. From a laundry-sized gallery set in a flourishing suburban garden to glassblowing workshops, and tours of significant Ngunnawal sites by Tradition Custodians, culture comes in all shapes and sizes in this city.

Canberra. There's more than they're telling us. 

Hands move around small blue, pink, and white ceramic dishes at the Gallery of Small Things

Uncover Canberra's art scene, local history, and heritage sites

Take time to explore the art galleries like the Gallery of Small Things nestled throughout the suburbs. You'll find local galleries that specialise in everything from photography to screen printing. With exhibitions regularly changing, there's always something new to see. 

From immersive heritage trails to intimate galleries where you can see the makers in action, discovering Canberra's history and creative community is a must on any trip to the capital.

Must-see local galleries

Craft + Design Canberra Shop

Craft + Design Canberra

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Canberra, ACT
Wide shot of Gallery from This is now exxhibition

Grainger Gallery

Fyshwick, ACT
Image: installation of Backwash, ANU Drill Gallery, 1 Sept - 22 Oct 2023.

Drill Hall Gallery

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Acton, ACT
Watercolor painting of a bush camp with tents and a small shack

Canberra Museum and Gallery

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Canberra City, ACT
Scott Leggo Gallery Kingston

Scott Leggo Gallery

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Kingston, ACT
Large, colourful paintings by Kubbitji Kngwarreye on exhibition at Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery

Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery

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Nicholls, ACT
Hotshop

Canberra Glassworks

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Kingston, ACT
Gallery of Small Things (GOST)

Gallery of Small Things

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Watson, ACT
M16 Artspace

M16 Artspace

Griffith, ACT
'Vanishing Point' 2019, exhibition installation view.

ANU School of Art & Design Gallery

Acton, ACT
Showroom gallery

Humble House gallery

Fyshwick, ACT

Meet the makers

Not your average market, each week at the Old Bus Depot Markets, you’ll find over 200 stalls of exceptional quality, featuring items all hand-crafted by local and regional creatives.

Group sitting down participating in a weaving activity

Immerse yourself in indigenous art and storytelling

Reconnect with the land and learn about First Nations’ culture with Dhawura Tours and Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation. If you're visiting our iconic national attractions, make sure to go on the  Ngala tours at the National Arboretum Canberra or the Yeribee Tour at the Australian Parliament House.

Take something special home with you from Art Mark Gallery in Red Hill, specialising in high quality ethically sourced Aboriginal art and design.

Image by Martin Ollman. 

Get involved in a glassblowing workshop

Canberra Glassworks is housed in the historic Kingston Power House and is the only one of its kind in the nation.

Visit the hot shop to see glass artists in action before seeing masterpieces in the gallery and shop or try your hand at making a glass tumbler or paperweight at an interactive workshop.

Canberra Glassworks

Historic sites 

A city with a rich heritage, Canberra’s local history is on show at more than just museums.

Take a self-drive tour of historic sights, visit original cottages and homes, and see the city plans come to life with augmented reality.

Get a snapshot of our nation

A tour guide and a family in front of a framed artwork in a gallery

National Gallery of Australia

National Library of Australia building

National Library of Australia

Connections Gallery digital wall

National Archives of Australia

An aerial view of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.

National Museum of Australia

Gallery building at night

National Portrait Gallery

The spiritual home of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House

Museum of Australian Democracy

NFSA building - facade

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Visitors entering the Mint building

Royal Australian Mint

Where every performance, exhibition, and installation tells a unique story...

tour guide with tour group looking at cartoon images on a wall
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Behind the Lines

Museum of Australian Democracy, Parkes
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MoAD’s Truth Power and a Free Press exhibition entry with three visitors looking at displays
3 May 2022 – 3 May 2024

Truth, Power and a Free Press

Museum of Australian Democracy, Parkes
Next on today

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