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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.

Family activities

Saturday 2 March 2024 – Monday 2 March 2026

Art Cart
Art Cart
Art Cart
Art Cart

Art Cart

The Doll's Gallery

10:00am, Thu 28 Mar until Sun 30 Jun

Adventure into a miniature world this autumn. Create your own paper doll inspired by portraits in our collection. Then make your own chair for your doll to have a rest in our mini-Gallery with portraits of people taking a seat!

Maggie
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 10 Apr

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Little Faces

10:30am, Thu 11 Apr

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Little Faces

9:30am, 10:30am, Fri 12 Apr

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Hugo film poster
Hugo film poster
Hugo film poster
Hugo film poster

Hugo

Screening

1:00pm, Sun 14 Apr

Join us these school holidays for a screening of Hugo, which tells the story of a boy who lives alone in a Paris train station and embarks on a quest to solve a mystery.

Bookings required

Portrait Play

10:30am, Mon 15 Apr until Fri 26 Apr

Become an art detective these school holidays! Join us for Portrait Play to look for clues and get creative, as we investigate some curious portraits. What will we spy on our exploration of the galleries?

Bookings required
The Magic Brush
The Magic Brush
The Magic Brush
The Magic Brush

Story Time

The Magic Brush

10:30am, Wed 17 Apr

Join us for Story Time as we encounter a heartwarming exploration of love, family and calligraphy through a reading of Kat Yeh’s The Magic Brush.

Bookings required
David Pereira
David Pereira
David Pereira
David Pereira

Drawn in

David Pereira

1:00pm, Sun 21 Apr

Draw while listening to live music by classical cellist, David Pereira, as he plays a mix of classical and free improvisation. Be swept away in the moment – with colour as your instrument and line your melody – as you create your own visual composition.

The Magic Brush
The Magic Brush
The Magic Brush
The Magic Brush

Story Time Online

The Magic Brush

11:00am, Wed 24 Apr
Live online

Join us for Story Time Online as we encounter a heartwarming exploration of love, family and calligraphy through a reading of Kat Yeh’s The Magic Brush.

Bookings required

More events

Tuesday 3 March 2026 – Thursday 2 March 2028
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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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