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

Family activities

Friday 21 June 2024 – Sunday 21 June 2026

Art Cart
Art Cart
Art Cart
Art Cart

Art Cart

The Doll's Gallery

10:00am, Thu 28 Mar until Sun 30 Jun

Adventure into a miniature world this autumn. Create your own paper doll inspired by portraits in our collection. Then make your own chair for your doll to have a rest in our mini-Gallery with portraits of people taking a seat!

Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

10:30am, Fri 21 Jun

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Creative activities
Creative activities
Creative activities
Creative activities

Reach for the stars

A place to create

10:00am, Sat 29 Jun until Sun 21 Jul

Drop in to the Gallery these school holidays and enjoy free creative activities.

Nick Chenery
Nick Chenery
Nick Chenery
Nick Chenery

Drawn in

Nick Chenery

1:00pm, Sun 7 Jul

Draw while listening to live music by Nick Chenery as he plays an assortment of 80s pop and country blues, refreshed by his studies in jazz and folk.

Portrait Play
Portrait Play
Portrait Play
Portrait Play

Portrait Play

Picture your passion

10:30am, Mon 8 Jul until Fri 12 Jul

What do you love to do? Dance? Play soccer? Write? Sing? No matter what it is, everyone has something they love to do.

Bookings required
Jasmine Seymour
Jasmine Seymour
Jasmine Seymour
Jasmine Seymour

Story Time

Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines

10:30am, Tue 9 Jul

Celebrate NAIDOC week with a lively reading of Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines, written by Jasmine Seymour.

Bookings required
Jasmine Seymour
Jasmine Seymour
Jasmine Seymour
Jasmine Seymour

Story Time

Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines

10:30am, Wed 10 Jul

Celebrate NAIDOC week with a lively reading of Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines, written by Jasmine Seymour.

Bookings required
Portrait Play
Portrait Play
Portrait Play
Portrait Play

Portrait Play

Picture your passion

10:30am, Mon 15 Jul until Fri 19 Jul

What do you love to do? Dance? Play soccer? Write? Sing? No matter what it is, everyone has something they love to do.

Bookings required
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 24 Jul

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

10:30am, Thu 25 Jul

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

9:30am, 10:30am, Fri 26 Jul

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 28 Aug

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

10:30am, Thu 29 Aug

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

9:30am, 10:30am, Fri 30 Aug

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required

More events

Monday 22 June 2026 – Wednesday 21 June 2028
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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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