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National Portrait Gallery

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Address: King Edward Terrace, Canberra 2600, Australia
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The new National Portrait Gallery building, situated on King Edward...

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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The National Portrait Gallery's collection is a lesson in history and cultural studies as well as art. A truly wonderful experience.

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Mentone
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The National Portrait Gallery's collection is a lesson in history and cultural studies as well as art. A truly wonderful experience.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good range of quick eats and more substantial foods, well prepared and fresh. Outdoors as well as indoors eating experience

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to the National Portrait Gallery on every visit to Canberra. There is always something new to see - this time it was The Popular Pet Show. The cafe is good also.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have not been to Canberra for many years so a must see for me. Such interesting captions to many pictures of famous and less famous people. Arranged logically with great display spaces. Did not have time to see it all or the special exhibitions unfortunately. Must return.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When I heard Angus Trumble, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, speak about the Gallery a few years ago, I knew I had to visit. It is one of the only (perhaps the only) portrait galleries to build their collection by commissions as well as acquisitions from gifts and purchases. It is so moving to proceed through the galleries to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

400+ photos, painting, sculptures of famous, infamous and those that impacted on the history of this country. It's quiet, peaceful and pleasant just strolling through the maze of the Portrait Gallery. The added bonus is it is FREE, parking is FREE and you can leave the car where it is and take the short walk to the National Art Gallery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The portrait gallery is a must see for Australians as it records many famous and interesting, novel and curious people. Extremely enjoyable place for lunch to.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We especially enjoyed the contemporary portraits of people we know, though admit that after doing the National Gallery as well we were getting "arted" out. Probably should visit them on separate days.

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wonderful experience, enjoyed the variety and diversity of portraits, well laid out and large variety

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm not art critic but I do know how to paint a house..... this gallery is more than portraits , it's educational.

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