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National Portrait Gallery

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The gallery collection consists of portraits of people who have influenced Australia’s history. There are not only memorials to important figures from the past, but also contemporary subjects of national interest and significance such as Peter Garrett, current Education Minister and ex rock star, Kathy Freeman the Olympian, and Rolf Harris entertainer, to mention just a few.

Visitors can view works from colonial times in history through to present day and not paintings but many media are featured. Photographs, cartoons and drawings, sculptures, textiles and ceramics are all displayed. There are frequent special temporary exhibitions which are featured to compliment the permanent collection.

The gallery’s purpose is to give people a sense of Australian culture and history through the portraits. It also strives to create and foster awareness of the value of the portraits with inventive and novel exhibitions. It is one of Canberra’s newest cultural institutions, opening in 2008 and was designed to take advantage of the environment, natural light and landscape and provide viewers with an intimate view of the portraits.

It is open daily (apart from Christmas Day) from 10 am to 5:00 pm and a free car park is available.There is a café and shop conveniently located on the same level as the portraits and public transport is easily accessed.

Location: in the Parliamentary Precinct, King Edward Terrace Parkes ACT


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