National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Australia
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The National Gallery is Australia’s national visual arts institution dedicated to collecting, sharing and celebrating art from Australia and the world. Home to the most valuable collection of art in Australia, the national collection comprises over 155,000 works of art, including the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Our significant collection represents the whole of Australian art, modern art worldwide, particularly from Europe and America, and art from across Asia and the Pacific. The collection includes some of the finest examples in Australia of French Impressionism, Dada and Surrealism, the Russian avant-garde, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism and Conceptual Art. Admission to the Gallery, including the Sculpture Garden planted with native flora and James Turrell’s Skyspace, is free and accessible. Fees may apply for special exhibitions.
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,399 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Australia's most valuable art work
    The National Gallery of Australia contains many masterpieces, from Australia and overseas. It has many Aboriginal artworks, which interest foreign visitors. Apart from Monet and Rembrandt, probably the most valuable painting is Blue Poles by American Jackson Pollock, an epoch-defining work of art. At half a billion dollars, it is said to be the most valuable art work in Australia.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 July 2023
  • 20R13
    Brisbane, Australia25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit even if you are not a connoisseur
    The front desk staff were friendly and welcoming, as were most of the shop staff. The exhibition was well curated and informative. Worth a visit even though I don't know much about art, and much of it is free. A real privilege to be able to access such a resource.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 August 2023
  • car0leb66
    Brisbane, Australia253 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Exhibition but Gallery Topsy Turvy
    The Gallery seems to be undergoing renovations and repairs but I enjoyed the wonderful exhibition Know my Name. It made up for all the closed galleries. Away from here, the general feeling is not very people friendly. I walked in from the lake side and it was difficult to find an entrance where one used to be. The cafe was closed. I had already walked up the escalator before finding out on leaving that the cloak room was in the shop, so carried my bags around with me. The saving grace after the wonderful exhibition was the Members Lounge at the top of the building, with my reciprocal membership for members of other city galleries. It is an oasis and haven: lovely ambience with its comfortable chairs, fantastic views, coffee and tea facilities and reading materials. I think it may be the best Members Lounge I have encountered. The lady on reception was warm and friendly and made you feel very welcome.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 October 2023
  • Blueliliac
    Canberra, Australia110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do NOT MISS the Emily Kam Kngwarray exhibition
    Yes, you have until the 28th of April to see the Emily Kam Kngwarray exhibition at the NGA in Canberra, but there's every chance you'll want to see it more than once. From the minute I entered the area I was immersed in colour, design, textiles, dots and the absolute beauty of the artist's country. Photos do not even begin to describe the way the art captures you, body and soul. Honestly, this is one of the very best exhibitions - brilliantly curated and generous. Tell your London-based friends that they will be able to see the exhibition in 2025 at the Tate Modern. But lucky you can enjoy this amazing collection right now at the NGA.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 December 2023
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Ben L
Junee, Australia59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Clean and well set out museum, great selection of Art work from different cultures and nationalities throughout history.
Written 10 May 2024
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,619 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I was a little disappointed this visit as many of the spaces were closed and most of the art didn't draw me in this time. The Tasmanian First Nations items are great. Some of the sculpture was OK but I just didn't feel it this time - sorry!

Free but you need to register for a ticket for some reason?
Written 11 March 2024
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nitawilson70
Upper Coomera, Australia117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
From sculptures to the power of paintings & touring exhibitions, this museum of art offers plenty to showcase her artists work and engage with audiences who travel here from far and wide. The website provides a full scope of weekly events & activities for families to immerse themselves in.
Written 7 March 2024
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Peter B
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Emily Kam Kngwarraye exhibition was an eye-opener - we loved it - and the range of other iconic Australian art was exhilarating
Written 5 March 2024
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Ian R
Sydney, Australia447 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I can’t imagine a trip to Canberra that doesn’t include a visit to the National Gallery of Australia.
The NGA’s had some rough times of late; leaky roof, buckets catching rainwater, all funding related. With this in mind, I used to spend a little extra money in the Gallery Shop but have been hard pressed to find anything worthwhile recently. Similarly, they used to have quite a collection of prints of the various art pieces they hold – gone, the display boards are empty. No profit coming from that quarter then, NGA.
There’s an old saying about somebody helping those who help themselves.
Written 25 December 2023
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Blueliliac
Canberra, Australia110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Yes, you have until the 28th of April to see the Emily Kam Kngwarray exhibition at the NGA in Canberra, but there's every chance you'll want to see it more than once. From the minute I entered the area I was immersed in colour, design, textiles, dots and the absolute beauty of the artist's country. Photos do not even begin to describe the way the art captures you, body and soul. Honestly, this is one of the very best exhibitions - brilliantly curated and generous. Tell your London-based friends that they will be able to see the exhibition in 2025 at the Tate Modern. But lucky you can enjoy this amazing collection right now at the NGA.
Written 20 December 2023
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Paulybabe
Darwin, Australia6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We booked a guide to spend one hour taking us through the gallery. Well I had to correct her 3 times because she didn’t know what she was talking about.
However, annoyingly she kept pushing her leftist views with each piece of art which we politely nodded each time.

Anyway the majority of the art is a collection of indigenous works AND Gough Whitlam’s crazy purchase of the blue poles. What was he thinking?

We walked away after that two hour experience thinking…if your are non indigenous and an artist your haven’t got a hope in this country.
Written 29 November 2023
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AudieBerquist
Canberra, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This stunning building displays both indigenous Australian art and international artwork in the same spot. You won't find any works by Dutch masters here, but there is a current exhibition that features Picasso and Matisse (for an additional fee).
Written 29 October 2023
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car0leb66
Brisbane, Australia253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
The Gallery seems to be undergoing renovations and repairs but I enjoyed the wonderful exhibition Know my Name. It made up for all the closed galleries. Away from here, the general feeling is not very people friendly. I walked in from the lake side and it was difficult to find an entrance where one used to be. The cafe was closed. I had already walked up the escalator before finding out on leaving that the cloak room was in the shop, so carried my bags around with me. The saving grace after the wonderful exhibition was the Members Lounge at the top of the building, with my reciprocal membership for members of other city galleries. It is an oasis and haven: lovely ambience with its comfortable chairs, fantastic views, coffee and tea facilities and reading materials. I think it may be the best Members Lounge I have encountered. The lady on reception was warm and friendly and made you feel very welcome.
Written 4 October 2023
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Rohit Gupta
Auckland Central, New Zealand430 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
First, I consider art something that would take me too long to do. NOT, something I was doing when I was 5 years old. Sadly, most of the art world is littered with rubbish.

The gallery is full of too much rubbish. There is some nice stuff. But who wants to see the Sexual photos of some foreigner, that are not good, not pretty and not sexy. But to dedicate a whole large room it is mindless and moronic.

Also, many portions were closed off as well.
Written 1 October 2023
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