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Online and distance groups

Virtual Excursions


Can't make it to Canberra? Let the National Portrait Gallery come to you! Our Virtual Excursions connect the Gallery to classrooms and community groups from all over Australia and beyond. Wherever you are, you can participate in live, fully-interactive learning programs and virtual excursions aligned with the Australian Curriculum. All our programs encourage participants to explore new ideas, ways of seeing and to respond creatively, in order to understand and appreciate Australian history, people and art.

The Virtual Excursions project is made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

How does it work?

Virtual Excursions are 60-minute learning programs where your group has access to a Gallery Learning Facilitator via videoconferencing. 

You can connect with your:

  • Videoconferencing system – e.g. Polycom, Tandberg or similar;
  • Classroom PC or Mac with connected webcam and microphone;
  • Mobile device(s) – e.g. iPads, Android tablets.

Once you’ve made a booking, the Gallery will email you more information with instructions on how to connect.

Bookings & contacts

To make a booking, please go to the bookings page and choose Virtual Excursions from the program list and please state the program name in the 'Special requirements' field.

We welcome any general enquiries, or discussions regarding specific content for programs. Please email

Current programs

Browse the list of Virtual Excursions on offer below.