Skip to main content

Coming to visit? Ticketed entry is in place to safely manage your visit so please book ahead. Need to cancel or rejig? Email bookings@npg.gov.au

Menu

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.

Portrait Stories App

Whether you’re at the Gallery, in a cafe or your living room, ‘Portrait Stories’ is a trusty guide to thousands of portraits and people.

Features:

  • images of over 1700 portraits from the collection
  • text from over 100 articles about portraits – from Portrait magazine
  • videos of over 50 interviews with artists and subjects
  • browse:
    • everything
    • by gallery – up-to-date information about what’s on display
    • by theme
  • shake to shuffle
  • search by artist, sitter or title of the portrait

Special features for when you visit the National Portrait Gallery in person:

  • nearby mode – display portraits near you
  • recognition mode – access a digital portrait by scanning the real thing

Download Portrait Stories for free from the iTunes store – or visit the Gallery in person to borrow a device.

Technical requirements

Portrait Stories works beautifully on:

  • iPad
  • iPad mini
  • iPhone (from 4s onward)

So that it can serve you the most up-to-date information about the portraits and people in the Gallery, the app depends on an internet connection.

When you visit the Gallery in person, use our wifi – and to take advantage of the app’s ‘nearby’ mode, enable location services and turn on Bluetooth.

We’ll keep developing the app, so if there are features you’d like to see – or problems you encounter – let us know.

More images

Related information

Contact

General contact information for the National Portrait Gallery

Portrait Stories app

Explore the collecton

Daily
10:00am

Whether you’re at the Gallery, in a cafe or your living room, ‘Portrait Stories’ is a trusty guide to thousands of portraits and people.

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

The Gallery

Visit us, learn with us, support us or work with us! Here’s a range of information about planning your visit, our history and more!

© National Portrait Gallery 2021
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
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.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency