National Portrait Gallery

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: King Edward Terrace, Canberra, 2600, Australia
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +612-61027000
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Family And Kids, Photo Gallery

An amazing tribute to all the personalities that have shaped the country of Australia, a visit to the National Portrait Library will provide an exceptional insight to the visitors about people who have had a big role in Australia’s progress.

There are film screenings and art talks that take place in the museum and make for an interesting education. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Canberra itinerary 1 day.


  • Wheelchairs and strollers are available, bookings are recommended.
  • Large bags and backpacks cannot be taken into the Galleries but the Cloakroom is available for their storage during your visit. Due to copyright restrictions no cameras or mobile phones are to be used in the galleries.
  • For bus timings visit ACTION buses website.

  • Entry is free except for major exhibitions.

  • King Edward Tce train station before Bowen Drive and The Parkes place is nearest to the gallery.
  • ACTION bus routes 2, 3, and 934 run from the various city centres past this Gallery regularly.

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  • National Portrait Gallery Address: King Edward Terrace, Canberra, 2600, Australia
  • National Portrait Gallery Contact Number: +612-61027000
  • National Portrait Gallery Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • National Portrait Gallery Price: Free
  • Best time to visit National Portrait Gallery(preferred time): 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
  • Time required to visit National Portrait Gallery: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 82.44% of people who visit Canberra include National Portrait Gallery in their plan

  • 55.91% of people start their National Portrait Gallery visit around 12 PM - 1 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see National Portrait Gallery

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday

65.03% of people prefer walking in order to reach National Portrait Gallery

People normally club together High Court Of Australia and National Gallery Of Australia while planning their visit to National Portrait Gallery.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • Awesome museum. I thought it would just be old portraits but most were modern and the stories that acompanied the portraits were so interesting. Definitely a learning experience, especially about Australian history, while still being engaging and accessible.

  • I think the place is very big and the art is unique and abstract. The art is so awesome and amazing it's unreal. The only annoying thing is they have fold up chairs to sit on and blocks the paths and view of the artwork. However the seats are comfy. I recommend this place. Great talent and artwork.

  • This was my partner's choice for activity while we were in Canberra. I didn't come in too enthusiastic but came away having enjoyed the experience a lot. I thought it was going to be just a bunch of portraits and that was it leaving me wondering who these people were but they have a little bio on each of the portraits. There is a good mix of styles from portraits that you want to look behind in case someone is going there to more stylized and symbolic. I have a 4 star because the 20/20 exhibit was confusing. I didn't think the bios matched up with the portraits which left me guessing who was who.

  • This Gallery has been on my bucket list for so long and it didn't disappoint. There's a wonderful collection of portraits, paintings and photographs ranging from contemporary to traditional. Each image is accompanied with a description of the person featured.

  • Good history with each portrait. Need at least half a day. Free. Well worth it.

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