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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.

Timed ticketing

Daily from Saturday 6 June 2020 until Thursday 31 December 2020
10:00am – 5:00pm

Bookings essential - free

The permanent collection is not yet open.

We're looking forward to seeing you!

While the permanent collection is not yet open we have a number of free exhibitions on show. The National Photographic Portrait Prize, the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize and Shirley Purdie’s exceptional exhibition, Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe (From my women) are on display. The permanent collection is available online.

All visitors must pre-book for one of the hourly sessions that are available daily. Each session will have a maximum of 100 people allowed and – to make sure we can safely transition between the sessions – you will have 50 minutes of glorious viewing time.

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

We will have someone to greet you, check your booking, and explain what to expect. We’ll also have somewhere warm for you to wait if you're a bit early.

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.

Cancellations

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

Related information

Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird

Virtual collection tour

Unguarded moments

Tue 11 Aug
12:30pm

Take a breath and enter a quieter state as we explore portraits where the sitter appears to drift off, lower their guard and give more away.

Virtual exhibition tour

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Wed 12 Aug
2:00pm

Join us for a live and interactive video tour through the Shirley Purdie exhibition, Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe.

Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton

Virtual collection tour

The river wild

Tue 18 Aug
12:30pm

Grab your paddles and join us on an adventure as we look at three artworks that inspired and recorded the roots of Australia’s environmental movement.

Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva

Dynamic drawing

Livestreamed portrait drawing class

Sat 22 Aug
2:30pm

Join Darling Portrait Prize winner Anthea da Silva as she shares her passion for life drawing and portraiture and experiments with a range of drawing and painting styles.

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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.