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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.

What's on

Wednesday 1 September – Thursday 30 September 2021

Entry tickets

Every day

We’re taking daily bookings as part of our COVID-19 Safety Plan. This is to make sure you have a safe and memorable visit without things getting too squishy.

Bookings available
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019

Collection display galleries

Open every day

The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia.

Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen
Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen
Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen
Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen

Bogong Cluster

Socially connected, physically distant

Daily throughout the Gallery

In these uncertain times, with physical gatherings restricted, we can all still recall major events such as the bogong moth migration, and remain connected to each other through nature.

Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection

Collection Highlights Tour

11:30am, Daily

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

Bookings available
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy

Portrait play takeaway

10:00am, Daily until Tue 30 Nov

Become an adventurer and make a gadget to help you on your journey around the Gallery! Explore the portraits on display through close looking and creative activity.

Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images

Living Memory Tours

National Photographic Portrait Prize

2:30pm, Daily until Sun 7 Nov

Join us in the Gallery to as we share the stories behind the photographs, and explore how the artists have captured a year like no other.

Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images

Living Memory

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Exhibition closes 7 November

That’s a different name? Yep! Acknowledging how extraordinary 2020 has been, we've decided to mix it up a little and title the exhibition, ‘Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize’.

Bookings required
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown

Audio-described highlights tour

1:00pm, Thu 16 Sep

Join us in the Gallery as we explore the collection with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Bookings required
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa

Portrait Photography - How to Pose Everyday People

with Grace Costa: Photographic Artist

1:00pm, Sat 18 Sep

Join photographer Grace Costa in the Gallery as she shares practical portrait-posing skills for beginner or mid-career photographers.

Bookings required
Portrait Play activities in the gallery
Portrait Play activities in the gallery
Portrait Play activities in the gallery
Portrait Play activities in the gallery

Portrait play onsite

10:30am, Tue 21 Sep until Mon 4 Oct

Explore portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries. For children from 4 to 8 to share with family and friends.

Bookings required

Story time

10:30am, 1:00pm, Tue 21 Sep

Have you ever had a bad day? Turn that frown upside down and listen to the story of ‘The Best Worst Day Ever’ by Sophy Henn.

Bookings required

Art cart

10:00am, Tue 21 Sep until Mon 4 Oct

Our popular art cart is back for the school (cool?) holidays! This is where you can get all creative during your visit if the mood takes you …

The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 22 Sep until Fri 24 Sep

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Rhythm Syndicate Photo © Peter Hislop
Rhythm Syndicate Photo © Peter Hislop
Rhythm Syndicate Photo © Peter Hislop
Rhythm Syndicate Photo © Peter Hislop

Rhythm Syndicate

1:30pm, Sat 25 Sep

Relax and welcome the warmer weather with a program of great jazz classics and some original tunes by pianist Mike Dooley.

Kitiya Palaskas
Kitiya Palaskas
Kitiya Palaskas
Kitiya Palaskas

Bring on spring!

Kitiya Palaskas

11:00am, Sun 26 Sep

Create a flower using crafty materials in this hands-on workshop, hosted by craft-based designer Kitiya Palaskas. It may not smell like roses, but will be everlasting!

More events

Friday 1 October – Saturday 30 October 2021

Related information

The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance

The Gallery

Visit us, learn with us, support us or work with us! Here’s a range of information about planning your visit, our history and more!

The National Portrait Gallery building at night
The National Portrait Gallery building at night
The National Portrait Gallery building at night
The National Portrait Gallery building at night

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Visiting the Gallery
Visiting the Gallery
Visiting the Gallery
Visiting the Gallery

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Timed ticketing, location, accessibility and amenities

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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.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency