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New Zealand Portrait Gallery

11 Customhouse Quay, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-472 2298
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I thought it would be like the portrait galleries in Australia and the UK: paintings of historic... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Brisbane, Queensland
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If a city is only as important as its people, then seeing the images of the people who made it... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2017
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The New Zealand Portrait Gallery gives us perspectives on ourselves and our place in the world. It is home to a growing collection of portraits. Our exhibitions include painting, sculpture, caricature, photography and new media. These portraits of members of our society spur us into thinking about what it means to be New Zealanders - perhaps even to wonder if there is a character that is particularly our own. The gallery is located in a long, open building, built in 1904 as a waterside store. Look up and you can see the pulleys and beams which were used to move pallets and barrels through the building over one hundred years ago
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  • Very good46%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 16:30
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11 Customhouse Quay, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-472 2298
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

I thought it would be like the portrait galleries in Australia and the UK: paintings of historic figures through the ages and a special exhibition. It was actually incredibly disappointing: one large room with some black and white photos and incomprehensible, garish modern "portraits". I...More

Thank geographyguy_11
Reviewed 27 April 2017

If a city is only as important as its people, then seeing the images of the people who made it becomes more important.

Thank SFTheaterDistrict
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We were fortunate to see an exhibition of works by Leo Bensemann and friends, all of whom were part of the local art scene in the middle of the 20th century. It was an interesting twist on portraiture, with people painting portraits of each other....More

Thank nocatnow
Reviewed 7 March 2017

The gallery was open and airy and gave room to stand back from portaits to look at the portraits from different angles.Enjoyed my experience

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 22 February 2017

The gallery is on the quay and only a few minutes pleasant walk from the Museum of New Zealand. The current exhibition of portraits by 'The Group' are well worth a visit and worthy of considerable appreciation. The gallery is small so the exhibits are...More

Thank TJLK2013
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Amazing art. It was raining today so I went and saw some of wellingtons art galleries and this was one of my favourites. It was small but had so many amazing paintings from many different artists and also had small blurbs about the history of...More

Thank Holleylolliepop
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

The gallery focuses on a group of artists from the mid 1900s out of Christchurch and the portraits they made of each other. It was interesting to see them through their own eyes (self portraits) and the eyes of their contemporaries.

Thank DJS1950
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

This gallery currently has an exhibit of about 75 portraits of and by members of "the group," some artists from Christchurch. Very interesting, free, and not overwhelming. Worth a visit.

Thank PrinceConsort
Reviewed 26 January 2017

We were walking past the portrait gallery and decided to go and have a look to get out of the wind. It was free to enter and fairly small with 50 or so portraits by local artists, many of them were repeats of the same...More

Thank andream0402
Reviewed 5 January 2017

The first thing to be aware of is that this gallery opens at 10.30am and closes at 4.30pm, so plan your visit carefully. The modern (2016) self portraits by contemporary Maori artists are stunning, but I would have liked to have seen the artists' iwi...More

Thank Sylvia R
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