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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Gallery tours

Tuesday 30 November 2021 – Thursday 30 November 2023

Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

11:00am, Mon 13 Dec

Join us in the Gallery to view the Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize, and we’ll continue to share our ideas with each other, and discover the different perspectives that come from seeing these portraits in person.

Bookings required
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

11:00am, Mon 10 Jan

Join us in the Gallery to view the Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize, and we’ll continue to share our ideas with each other, and discover the different perspectives that come from seeing these portraits in person.

Bookings required
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman

Sharing Country Highlights Tours

11:15am, 2:15pm, Sat 22 Jan until Wed 26 Jan

Celebrate and reflect on some of the First Nations and migrant stories as we journey through the collection together.

Bookings required
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)

Collection Highlights Tour

11:15am, 2:15pm, Daily from Tue 1 Feb until Fri 11 Mar

Take a 30 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Bookings available
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)

Audio Description Collection tour

1:00pm, Fri 18 Feb

Join us in the Gallery as we explore the collection with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Sighted companions and guide dogs are more than welcome.

 

Bookings required
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)

Collection Highlights Tour

11:15am, Daily from Sat 12 Mar until Thu 26 May

Take a 30 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Bookings available
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes

Reconciliation week tours

11:15am, Fri 27 May until Fri 3 Jun

To celebrate Reconciliation week, our free highlights tours will reflect on Australia’s history of challenges and change, and the people who drove us forward.

Bookings available
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)

Collection Highlights Tour

11:15am, Daily from Sat 4 Jun until Sat 31 Dec

Take a 30 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Bookings available
The Capel Family, c. 1640 Cornelius Johnson
The Capel Family, c. 1640 Cornelius Johnson
The Capel Family, c. 1640 Cornelius Johnson
The Capel Family, c. 1640 Cornelius Johnson

Audio described tour

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

1:00pm, Thu 16 Jun

Listen in on our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Join us in the Gallery as we explore artworks from our special exhibition, Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London with audio descriptions.

Bookings required
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell

The National Portrait Prizes 2022 Tour

2:15pm, Mon 18 Jul until Sun 9 Oct

Join us in the Gallery as we share the stories behind the photographs and paintings in the National Photographic Portrait Prize, Darling Portrait Prize and Little Darlings.

Bookings available
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman

Audio described tour

1:00pm, Wed 17 Aug

Join us in the Gallery as we explore the collection with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Sighted companions and guide dogs are more than welcome.

Bookings required
Lunch at Fran's, 2022 Abigail Varney
Lunch at Fran's, 2022 Abigail Varney
Lunch at Fran's, 2022 Abigail Varney
Lunch at Fran's, 2022 Abigail Varney

Audio described tour

1:00pm, Thu 8 Sep

Join us in the Gallery as we explore the collection with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Sighted companions and guide dogs are more than welcome.

Bookings required
Ningali Lawford-Wolf
Ningali Lawford-Wolf
Ningali Lawford-Wolf
Ningali Lawford-Wolf

Audio described tour

1:00pm, Mon 17 Oct

Join us in the Gallery as we explore the collection with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Sighted companions and guide dogs are more than welcome.

Bookings required

More events

Friday 1 December 2023 – Sunday 30 November 2025
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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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