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 - 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.
Parking is currently free, however paid parking is due to be introduced across the Parliamentary precinct on 1 October 2014. For more information please visit the National Capital Authority website.
ACTION bus routes 2, 3, and 934 run from the various city centres past the National Portrait Gallery on a regular basis. For the latest bus timetable information please visit the ACTION buses website.
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.
The National Portrait Gallery is committed to providing a variety of inclusive programs. For more information visit Assisted Access.
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 are not permitted at any time.
The Portrait Cafe (operated by Trippas White Group) (02) 6102 7160, open from 9am - 4.30pm, and Portrait Gallery Store (operated by The Curatoreum) (02) 6102 7170, open from 10am - 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.Entry is free.