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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Gallery tours

Friday 30 October 2020 – Sunday 30 October 2022

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SpringOUT virtual tour

12:30pm, Tue 3 Nov
Live online

Help us celebrate diversity and the LGBTIQ+ community with a virtual tour and meet some exceptional queer icons.

Bookings required

Virtual collection tour

NAIDOC

12:30pm, Tue 10 Nov
Live online

Celebrate our First Nations Identity for NAIDOC with the National Portrait Gallery collection from the comfort of your own home.

Bookings required

Reflected

SpringOUT virtual tour

12:30pm, Tue 17 Nov
Live online
Bookings required

Virtual collection tour

Beyond the Beaker

12:30pm, Tue 24 Nov
Live online

Join us for a virtual highlights tour that investigates the sometimes problematic portrayal of scientists in portraiture.

Bookings required

Virtual collection tour

Disability in the frame

12:30pm, Tue 1 Dec
Live online

Ahead of International Day of People with Disability, join us as we reflect on how people with disability have been represented in portraiture, how this has changed over time and what comes next.

Bookings required

Virtual collection tour

Furry faces

12:30pm, Tue 8 Dec
Live online

Celebrate our four-legged family folk and join us for a furry tour of portraits with animals.

Bookings required

Virtual collection tour

Materiality and meaning

12:30pm, Tue 15 Dec
Live online

Ever wondered how an artist’s choice of materials and technique can reveal their unique perspective?

Bookings required

Pub Rock Highlights Tour

2:30pm, Daily from Sat 19 Dec until Sun 14 Mar

Take a 30 minute tour of the exhibition.

Bookings available

Collection Highlights Tour

11:30am, Daily from Sat 19 Dec until Fri 30 Jul

Take a 30 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Bookings available
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis

Australian Loves Stories tour

2:30pm, Daily from Sat 20 Mar until Sun 1 Aug

Is love all you really need? If so, what kind of love? Join us for an exhilarating look at love in all its guises – from lust and longing, drama and devotion, to seduction and scandal.

Bookings available

Slow Art Day

Lingering look

1:00pm, Sat 10 Apr

Rush in and slow down for Slow Art Day. This global event has a simple mission: help more people discover the joy of looking at and loving art.

Bookings required

Audio-described tour

Australian Love Stories

11:30am, Sun 16 May

Listen in and feel the love with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Bookings required

Reconciliation Week tours

11:30am, Wed 26 May until Thu 3 Jun

To celebrate Reconciliation Week, our highlights tours will focus on some remarkable, resilient and  inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the collection.

Bookings available
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton

Auslan interpreted tour

Australian Love Stories

2:30pm, Sun 27 Jun

Join us for an exhilarating look at love in all its guises.

Bookings required

Australian Love Stories: audio-described tour

11:30am, Sun 4 Jul

Listen in and feel the love with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Bookings required

Virtual highlights tour

NAIDOC – Heal Country!

12:30pm, Tue 20 Jul
Live online

Celebrate our First Nations Identity for NAIDOC with the National Portrait Gallery collection from the comfort of your own home.

Bookings required
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
NPPP 2021 Who will win?

Living Memory Tours

National Photographic Portrait Prize

2:30pm, Daily from Sat 31 Jul until Sun 7 Nov

Join us in the Gallery to as we share the stories behind the photographs, and explore how the artists have captured a year like no other.

More events

Monday 31 October 2022 – Wednesday 30 October 2024

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The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency