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“Followed and harassed ”

National Portrait Gallery
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USD 143.15*
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Canberra Day Trip from Sydney
Ranked #4 of 253 things to do in Canberra
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Went to the Portrait Gallery on a quiet Tuesday with my sibling.

The gallery is well curated, and the displays were cogent and well-planned. The door man was the soul of courtesy.

However, the experience was largely ruined by a vigilante gallery attendant who wasn't wearing a name badge. She haunted us from one exhibition to the next, peering at us around corners, and hastily ducking away.

She approached us twice to give us unnecessary warnings about standard gallery conduct. In one case, she stood watching an elderly woman struggling with her walker, and ignored her instead to warn us about not touching the paintings or it would set off alarms. At no stage did we touch any painting, and at no stage was any alarm triggered.

Her conduct was unexpectedly harassing, and really ruined the gallery experience. Most of my gallery experience is in Scotland and Ireland, where the attendants are courteous, enthusiastic, and knowledgable. This was not the case in this visit, hence my rating.

Thank Kristy C
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

I recently went to the "starstruck" exhibition. It was well worth it and when we finished we re visited the main space ... always great

Thank Gmcanulty
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

The latest exhibition, Starstruck, is wonderful! It is much larger than similar exhibitions held at the National Portrait Gallery, deservedly so. The images, and the stories behind over 90 years of Australian movies are just brilliant. This is a joint exhibition between the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Portrait Gallery. It is not just an exhibition of portraits as there are iconic historical costumes associated with the Australian Movie Industry, many you will recognise if you have been a fan of the Australian Movie industry.
This runs until March 2018, do not miss it!!

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

wonderful collection of portraits. Some areas were closed due to a new exhibition about to open but still well worth the visit. Fabulous cafe.

Thank DennisCAdelaide
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

We took a lot longer than we had planned to see the Gallery. I absolutely loved the visit.
There was a lot going on with exhibits that was not expected. The famous people in the gallery were from early colonial days. So some of the people in history we had learnt about we could put a face to the name. I found that very interesting. Don't miss it

Thank Mmaxine
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