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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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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 28 July 2018 via mobile

A variety of different levels, medium & styles of portraits. I especially loved the portrait of Deborah Mailman done on hessian.

Thank Carolholz
Reviewed 25 July 2018

Enjoyed the exhibitions, being a good mix of old and new and of artistic media and styles. Had a coffee in the café but food all too expensive or items were too big.

Thank NZer_101
Reviewed 24 July 2018

This was our first visit to the National Portrait Gallery. We loved reading the blurbs of iconic Australian's, from past and present; from retailer David Jones, to cosmetic queen Helena Rubinstein, cricket legend Don Bradman to Aussie cycling champion Cadel Evans, Dame Nellie Melba to...More

Thank C0nstantlyOnTheG0
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Was only here for the Portrait cafe, but decided to have a look inside at the collection too. Glad we did. Some really interesting portraits. So many that capture the spirit of that person. Even my 8 year old daughter enjoyed it. Theres a kids...More

Thank Jude P
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

This is a very good gallery with lots of room and not too crowded in the exhibits. Depending on what you intend to view, is well curated and laid out. Has a cafe (indoor and outdoor seating) but this gets very busy. Good easy parking.

Thank NorthernWanderer0
Reviewed 14 July 2018 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.

Thank AussieFZ
Reviewed 14 July 2018 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

1  Thank DavidC16834
Reviewed 13 July 2018

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

1  Thank Robby G C
Reviewed 10 July 2018

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

1  Thank Jonathan C
Reviewed 10 July 2018

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.

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Is there parking underneath the portrait gallery?