Location and Opening Hours
The National Portrait Gallery is situated in front of the High Court and alongside the National Gallery of Australia. The Gallery is open every day of the year from 10am to 5pm except Christmas Day 25 December.
The underground public carpark can be accessed from Parkes Place. The car park is open 7 days per week and closes at 5.30pm. Parking spaces for people with mobility difficulties are provided in the carpark close to the public access lifts.
Paid parking applies Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5pm daily, excluding weekends and public holidays. Visitors can pay for parking at the pay stations in the basement lift lobby or at the boom gate. Cash, Visa and Mastercard payments are accepted. Credit card payment can be made at the exit boom gate.
Please note that there are no parking spaces for mini-buses, campervans, or trailers in the visitor car park and the visitor car park has a low clearance of 2.2m.
There is a pick-up and set-down space in front of the gallery on King Edward Terrace near the main entry.
ACTION bus routes run from the various city centres past the National Portrait Gallery on a regular basis. Routes 1, 2, 3, and 80 on weekdays, and routes 934 and 935 on weekends and public holidays. For the latest bus timetable information please visit the ACTION buses website or Google Transit.
All the galleries, cafe and shop are on one level. Wheelchairs and strollers are available. Assistance animals are welcome at the Gallery. 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. Alternatively, when you visit, borrow a device at the front desk. 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. For more information visit Assisted Access.
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 and the people they represent.
Large bags and backpacks cannot be taken into the Galleries but the cloakroom is available for their storage during your visit.
Photography in the Gallery spaces
Photography for personal use is permitted throughout the permanent collection unless the wall label specifies 'no photography'. Flash photography, video recording and the use of tripods, monopoles, selfie sticks or additional equipment is not permitted at any time.
The Portrait Cafe (operated by Trippas White Group) (02) 6102 7160, open from 9am to 4.30pm, and Portrait Gallery Store (operated by The Curatoreum) (02) 61027170, open from 10am to 5pm, are located at the north end of the building to the right of the main entrance. For information regarding hiring facilities for functions and corporate services please contact (02) 6102 7010 or explore our Venue Hire options.
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.