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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.

Plan your visit

Timed ticketing, location, accessibility and amenities

We’re open again, and are absolutely thrilled to be able to welcome you back to the Gallery! While the permanent collection is not yet open we have a number of free exhibitions on show.

The National Portrait Gallery is situated on King Edward Terrace, in front of the High Court and alongside the National Gallery of Australia – see a map of our location. We are open every day of the year from 10am to 5pm, except 25 December.

Coming by public transport? Our location page includes information about bus routes.

Driving your own car to the Gallery? Please see information about access to and fees for our underground carpark.

Admission

As part of making sure our visitors and staff are safe, we’ll need you to pre-book in for one of our hourly sessions. Each session will have a maximum of 100 people allowed and – to make sure we can safely transition between the sessions – you will have 50 minutes of glorious viewing time. The National Photographic Portrait Prize, the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize and Shirley Purdie’s exceptional exhibition, Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe (From my women) are on display and entry is free of charge.

We really need you to pre-book, however if you turn up on the hour and the session isn’t full, we can either let you in or book you in for a later session. For either option, we’ll still need you to provide us with your contact details.

See our reopening Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

Photography in the Gallery spaces

You are welcome to take photographs of the permanent collection for personal use. Exceptions may apply, in which case a wall label specify 'no photography'. In addition, flash photography, video recording and the use of tripods, monopoles, selfie sticks and additional equipment are not permitted.

Accessibility

All the galleries, cafe and shop are on one level. (To gain a sense of the layout, see our Gallery map.)

Wheelchairs and strollers are available, and assistance animals are welcome. Hearing loop facilities are provided in the Liangis Theatre and Terrace Rooms. Magnifying devices are available from the Information Desk. Companion card holders gain free entry to paid exhibitions.

Vision-impaired visitors are invited to use the Portrait Stories app during their visit. It’s a guide to all the portraits and people on display (and more), and makes use of in-built iOS accessibility features such as larger text and VoiceOver. If you have an iPhone or iPad, download the app for free. We welcome your feedback on whether it enhances your visiting experience, and how it could be improved.

The National Portrait Gallery is committed to providing a variety of inclusive programs.

Wifi and mobile app

Public wifi is accessible throughout the Gallery. From your mobile device settings, select NPG-PUBLIC. No password or login is required, and there is no time limit. There is a content filter but most people will not find it restrictive.

Whether you are visiting in person or online, our Portrait Stories app (for iPhone and iPad) is a good way to explore all we know about the portraits and the people they represent.

Storage facilities

Large bags and backpacks cannot be taken into the Galleries, and our normal cloakroom will not be available.

A self-service cloaking area will be located in the Gallery. While this area is supervised and monitored by CCTV, it is not physically secure and visitors are encouraged to leave any large items in their car.

Cafe and Store

The café and shopare open too. They are considered separate indoor spaces, so can be visited before or after your booked session. You do not need to use part of your session to visit them. They’ll have additional requirements due to food service and smaller spaces, so please look for, and adhere to, their signage. There could also be short wait times if they're at capacity.

Related information

Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance

Collection display galleries

Previous exhibition, 2019

The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia. Visitors to the Gallery can follow the development of portraiture from oil painting to digital media.

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Plan your visit

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King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia


Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

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.