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Canberra boasts a rich cultural scene with its array of museums and galleries, offering visitors a captivating journey through art, history, and innovation. Wander through the renowned national attractions such as the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery of Australia, or the National Museum of Australia, or explore the lesser-known smaller galleries and museums. 

Curved white gallery wall with 6 black and white female artists images printed

Know My Name: Making it Modern curators delve into the National Gallery of Australia's latest exhibition

Published 23 Aug 2023

An exciting new all-female exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia asks boundary-pushing cultural questions about art and feminism in the early 20th century.

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Aerial view of the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, with Black Mountain and Black Mountain Tower in the background. | © Adam McGrath

Five tips for visiting Feared and Revered at the National Museum of Australia

Published 24 Jul 2023

What to see, hear, and do at the NMA's impressive exhibition before it's gone 27 August 2023.

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Artwork on display at the Gallery of Small Things.

Unique galleries and museums in Canberra beyond the national collections

Published 17 Apr 2023

Canberra is home to more than 30 galleries that support local, national and international artists. Scattered through the suburbs, these local galleries and museums offer a unique and intimate experience, allowing you to engage with the art and the exhibits on a personal level. 

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Family and tour guide in a gallery

Everything you need to see at the National Gallery of Australia in 2023

Published 23 Feb 2023

The National Gallery of Australia’s 2023 program has officially been announced and culture vultures better get excited.

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Guests viewing artwork at the Gallery of Small Things.

An inside look into arts and culture in Canberra

Published 8 Feb 2023

Explore below the surface of Canberra’s arts and culture scene and discover more than you came for with this insider's look.

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Mum and daughter looking at portrait of Hugh Jackman.

Art and culture lovers guide to 72 hours in Canberra

Published 1 Jan 2023

Art lovers from everywhere flock to the artistic corners of Canberra, discovering national treasures alongside astounding local artworks.

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Painting of Japanese Hydrangeas draping out of a glass vase with water in it. | © Cressida Campbell 2005

Cressida Campbell’s latest exhibition is transforming how we see the world

Published 30 Oct 2022

From her molasses-rich colour palette to her ability to re-imagine kitchen scraps, it’s easy to get lost within Cressida Campbell’s world.

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Large screens displaying Indigenous artwork at the Connection exhibition at the National Museum of Australia. | © Tommy Watson

Highlights of Connection

Published 1 Jun 2022

Step inside the National Museum of Australia to discover a multi-sensory experience bringing to life the stories, art, and culture of Australia’s First Peoples.

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Exterior of National Portrait Gallery

Through a curator's lens: Shakespeare to Winehouse

Published 21 Feb 2022

More than eighty treasures will travel to Canberra for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.

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Two people looking at exhibition

Curator’s picks: beloved cinema moments at Australians & Hollywood

Published 1 Feb 2022

Want to see rare behind-the-scenes footage, costumes and props from Aussie actors making it big in Hollywood?

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A family enjoying the lakeside and cycling along a path in autumn.

Budget Break to Canberra

Published 22 Sep 2021

Canberra is the ultimate destination for a great weekend getaway without the exorbitant price tag. No matter your interest, Canberra has you covered.

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