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National Portrait Gallery

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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...more
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King Edward Terrace, Canberra 2600, Australia
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 14 May 2014

An excellent range from colonial times through to the modern day in both the traditional painted mode and in photographic style. Apart from the permanent exhibition, there are regular special exhibitions, the most recent being a photographic exhibition of Elvis Presley photographs not previously made...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2017

Surrounds and space are pleasant to move around. I am not a big fan of stand alone portraits, but broad range of styles and art periods/historical portraits as well as recent ones. As a general approach, I feel portraits of commercial, sports and political persons...More

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All reviews great portraits famous australians walks of life australian history book shop high court worth a visit on display free entry captain cook couple of hours special exhibition gift shop beautiful building few hours old parliament house great place to visit
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Reviewed yesterday

Don’t miss this Gallery I preferred it to the National Gallery which was really good. You journey through time and art trends and explore some history that will amaze you and make you proud of your country. There are all sorts of mediums on display...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the portrait gallery as the weather had become wet. However we really enjoyed our visit and would recommend to anyone.

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PortraitGallery, Marketing Communications Coordinator at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks Warrens_of_Condor. We're glad we could keep you dry and entertained!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the Portrait Gallery and would recommend a leisurely walk among the works - so beautiful - particularly loved Quentin Bryce

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The gallery has a great collection of paintings. The collection has all mediums of paintings. So many faces that I had not thought of for so long.....all Australian. A great place to visit when in Canberra.

Thank 116damiens
Reviewed 1 week ago

This. Afternoon came to the gallery How fortunate was I ? Got on a tour of myself and one other person Lucy was our guide Thank you Lucy for a very informative tour What a great gift to the Australian people these 20 commissioned portraits....More

Thank Judy G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You might not think that a gallery of portraits is an interesting place to visit. However, Australia’s National Portrait Gallery is indeed a very interesting place to visit for a couple of hours. There are dozens of portraits of Australian members of the arts, science,...More

Thank Sandy5259
Reviewed 1 week ago

Always interesting to go to this gallery. Always something new. The new celebratory portraits are a treat.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The talent of these artists took my breath away. Do include this Gallery on you itinerary when visiting Canberra. A must.

Thank diane h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like the National Gallery just across the road, this is a place that you can just drop in to to browse for an hour or so without making an event of it. A typical Canberra gem.

Thank Neil B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I walked through this portrait gallery and absolutely loved it. The portraits of Australians of many generations reminded me of what so many contributions these wonderful people have made to our way of life. Many are still in our memory but to see them and...More

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Is there parking underneath the portrait gallery?