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National Portrait Gallery

King Edward Terrace, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61 2 6102 7000
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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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"great portraits"
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"famous australians"
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"walks of life"
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"australian history"
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"book shop"
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"worth a visit"
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"high court"
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"on display"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the Portrait Gallery. The portraits themselves and the accompanying stories of famous Australians were fascinating. Definitely worth a visit. Gift shop also has an extensive range of books.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The restaurant here is fantastic. Great selection and decent portion sizes. Worth visiting just to eat but there is a great selection of portraits giving a glimpse into the people who ‘made’ Australia. In the current climate it is noticeable that most of the people...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

When we were heading to the door of the National Portrait Gallery, a nice dressed man opened our door. I went immediately to see the paintings. Next to the painting there was a biography of that person. I enjoyed getting to know some popular people...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spend a couple of hours browsing through the collection of portraits, paintings, photographs and see who's who in Australia.

1  Thank Jonathan C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I could have spent a few days there - an amazing overview of Australians from all walks of life and cultures and how they helped to form the Australia of today. There are so many talented artists with vastly different styles, palettes, and media application.

1  Thank Claire S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First visit on a Sunday morning. Wonderful to see the people who have made a difference to Australian society over it's history. Interesting to read their achievements and enjoyed the varied styles in which they were presented. Great if you have an hour or two...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a good spot to visit with the family as the adults can see the portraits in relatively short time before our kids 11 & 8 got too bored. Near the national gallery so if you want more you can also walk there too...More

1  Thank Alan L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Gallery really excels in presentation - allowing you to wander amongst portraits of the truly significant members of Australia’s society who shaped our history. School teachers take note. A visit here will inspire anyone that we are a great Nation of talented people. My...More

1  Thank Champagne552014
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This gallery is marvellous, I guess enough staff are employed on good salaries to make it that way which seems to be how the ACT survives! Entrance is free, parking is free. Facilities are great!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very limited collection, really not worth the effort especiallly if you are from the UK or familiar with the London National Portrait Gallery.

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