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? Good for you. 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.
Entry to the permanent collection is free of charge – though of course, we welcome donations to support our work. A charge may apply for entry to special exhibitions.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Large bags and backpacks cannot be taken into the Galleries but the cloakroom is available for their storage during your visit.
The Portrait Cafe (operated by Broadbean Catering) (02) 6102 7160, open from 9am to 4.30pm, and Portrait Gallery Store (operated by The Curatoreum) (02) 6102 7170, 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.