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School visit information

School Visit Guidelines

Group size is 15 students per Learning Facilitator or adult supervisor (Preschool, Foundation and Year 1 group size: 10).  Adult supervision is required at all times. Student behaviour, safety and security are the responsibility of the visiting educator.

On arrival check in with Gallery staff at the Information Desk and confirm numbers. Students are asked to please leave their bags on their bus. Aim to arrive 10 minutes before the start of your program.

Once your booking has been made you will receive confirmation. Gallery staff will make every effort to follow up with each school to ensure that we understand your needs. Cancellations must be received by email at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled booking. In the case of a fee-paying program, cancellation or "no show" with less than this period of notice will incur an administration fee of $30. 


Photography for personal use is permitted throughout the permanent collection unless the wall label specifies 'no photography'. Flash photography, video recording and the use of tripods are not permitted at any time.

It is preferred students do not take photographs during the education programs, however teachers are able to photograph their students participating.

Moving through the gallery

Touching the artworks is not permitted.

Please ensure your students do not lean, rest or sit on walls, artworks, plinths or display cases. There are seats located throughout the galleries and stools are provided for booked groups.

Students are asked to please leave their bags on their bus.

Drawing and writing

2B or 4B pencils and paper are the only drawing materials allowed in the galleries, for use by booked formal learning groups only.

No pens are permitted as ink is difficult to remove from most surfaces.

Food and drink

Water bottles or food, including chewing gum, are not permitted in the galleries.

Risk assessment

A copy of the risk assessment for school visits can be downloaded here.

Certificate of Currency

The National Portrait Gallery Certificate of Currency is also available for download below.

PACER rebates

In some circumstances, visits to the National Portrait Gallery can count for PACER rebate purposes. Information is available at