Late night opening
Fridays in summer
The National Portrait Gallery will be open until 8pm on Friday nights from 8 January through to 26 February. We will have special tours through our spooky summer exhibition Sideshow Alley: infamy, the macabre and the portrait and a variety of performances throughout the summer.
Sex, murder and mayhem tours
5:30 - 6:00pm
6.30 - 7.00pm
Exhibition ticket required
Spooky Men's Chorale
"The Spooky Men's Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black clad behemoth, seemingly accidentally capable of rendering audiences moist eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment." Intrigued? So are we!
Horror show with a magic lantern
Animated, hand-painted slides of the macabre and the grotesque, the shocking and the heartbreaking, thrown onto the screen from the magic lantern. Inspired by the exhibition Sideshow Alley, accompanied by the duo Andromeda is Coming (Charles Martin and Alexander Hunter) performing on percussion and live electronics, and with special guests from the National Portrait Gallery, Martyn Jolly will project original hand painted and hand tinted glass slides through a vintage magic lantern.
This is a chance to see these dissolving and transforming images as they were originally experienced over a hundred years ago.
6.00-6.30pm and 7.00-7.30pm
Collection display galleries
The collection display includes over 450 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.Entry is free.