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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.

Cocktail reception

Terrace Rooms or the Gordon Darling Hall are available for you to create a unique cocktail reception experience for your guests. The Terrace Room opens onto a north facing, outdoor heated terrace with the iconic Canberra views of Lake Burley Griffin, Telstra Tower and the lights of the impressive buildings that make up the Parliamentary Triangle, most of which are lit by colour at night. The Gordon Darling Hall is the main entrance foyer that never fails to impress, with its soaring ceiling and natural light making it perfect for your reception.

The Gordon Darling Hall also leads into the permanent gallery collection and we encourage you to begin your evening with an exclusive viewing of gallery’s collection before beginning the formalities of your event, giving your guests something to remember.

Broadbean Catering and Events provides the Gallery’s catering and café services. Broadbean has established itself as a sought-after caterer in Canberra with a reputation for delicious food and outstanding service. Under the guidance of famed and celebrated chef Vanessa Broadfoot, Broadbean has a proven track record of delivering services to the highest standard and this is self-evident as winner of the acclaimed ACT Caterer of the Year award for three consecutive years. 

For more information, please contact Matthew Robinson. He will be delighted to assist with any food and beverage related questions that you may have.

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

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Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

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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