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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.

Entry tickets

Daily from Saturday 6 June 2020 until Sunday 28 February 2021
10:00am – 5:00pm AEDT

Bookings essential - free

Your booking lets you wander through all the galley spaces, not just one exhibition. Phew! No need to worry about which one you want to see!

We're looking forward to seeing you!

Please ensure that you have your booking confirmation with you—either as a print-out or displayed on your phone.

We’ll have someone to greet you, check your booking, and explain what to expect.

It may take longer than usual for you to enter the Gallery too, so please be patient.

To help keep our visitors and staff safe please make sure you:

  • Are not currently experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, including:
    • fever
    • cough
    • sore throat
    • shortness of breath
  • Have not been in contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Have not been present at a location determined by ACT Chief Health Officer to be a COVID-19 hotspot during the timeframes also specified by the ACT Chief Health Officer.
  • Have not been present in a state, territory or location that is the subject of current ACT travel restrictions due to COVID-19 within the previous 14 days, or if the restrictions came into effect less than 14 days from today, since the restrictions came into effect.
  • Have not returned from international travel in the last 14 days.
    Maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5m between you and other people.
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser and practice good hygiene by covering your nose and mouth with your elbow when coughing or sneezing and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
  • Have considered downloading the COVIDSafe app for the protection of yourself and others.

For more information please read the Frequently Asked Questions about reopening and social distancing.

We’d appreciate your feedback and may email you a quick survey.

Cancellations

If you need to cancel your booking please contact us on (02) 6102 7070 or by email at bookings@npg.gov.au

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An educational and fun 14-day adults’ introduction to portraiture.

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In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

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Chrissy Amphlett "Temperamental", 1989 Ivan Durrant
Chrissy Amphlett "Temperamental", 1989 Ivan Durrant
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Pub Rock Highlights Tour

Daily event from Sat 19 Dec 2020 until Sun 14 Feb
2:30pm

Take a 30 minute tour of the exhibition.

Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky

Before hand

The private life of a portrait

Current exhibition

from Saturday 10 October 2020

Revealing the backstories behind the NPG collection, Before hand features interviews with artists and sitters as well as working drawings, scrapbooks, sketches and footage taken in artists’ studios and out on location.

We would like to thank our partners.
© National Portrait Gallery 2020
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Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

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.