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The Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is located on King Edward Terrace in the Parliamentary Precinct of Canberra.


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.

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. Visa and Mastercard payments are accepted. Visitors without a credit card are asked to pay for parking at the Information Desk of the Gallery.

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.

Public Transport

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.

Storage facilities

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.

Cafe and Store

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.