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National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

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Explore Australia's largest collection of art at the National Gallery of Australia. This sleek glass-and-concrete building holds more than 160,000 works from all over the world. Learn about Australian art from colonialism to the present and discover Aboriginal pieces from the oldest living culture in the world. Visit the sculpture garden where 26 pieces by international and Australian artists reside among local plants that thrive throughout the year. Check the schedule for current exhibits while you're in town. Take a look at our Canberra road trip website to schedule your visit to National Gallery of Australia and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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National Gallery of Australia reviews

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  • I come to the NGA every time I visit Canberra but I’m sorry to say today was a disappointment. It seems large sections of the building are closed for renovations / extensions. Signposting is poor... 
    I come to the NGA every time I visit Canberra but I’m sorry to say today was a disappointment. It seems large sections of the building are closed for renovations / extensions. Signposting is poor...  more »
  • I have visited on at least four occasions over many years and so sad for anyone who visited this week. The place felt gold, stark and univiting. The displays were limited and I personally felt out....  more
    I have visited on at least four occasions over many years and so sad for anyone who visited this week. The place felt gold, stark and univiting. The displays were limited and I personally felt out....  more »
  • Spent over an hour with my three teenage boys and was a little doubtful they would enjoy the experience. As it was we all loved it - we made a point of just walking around and trying to just pick up.....  more
    Spent over an hour with my three teenage boys and was a little doubtful they would enjoy the experience. As it was we all loved it - we made a point of just walking around and trying to just pick up.....  more »
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  • We visited National Gallery of Australia and really enjoyed our visit. We were asked to lock our bags in the free lockers before being allowed entry. There are two floors of great art, ranging from nineteenth century till present. The star of the gallery is the Monet. It took us a couple of hours to browse the free galleries. A great place to view works of art. There is also a bookshop and cafe here.
  • The National Gallery is such a delight on the senses. I've been here only a small handful of times but am always eager to go again. The gallery has curated such a beautiful collection of pieces, each with stories to tell that can inspire creativity and the longing of anyone. The way they interact with their visitors is simply beautiful. The place is truly a favourite of mine when visiting Canberra and a must for all.
  • Been back a few times over the years and it’s always a great experience. Free entry to beautiful artworks and lots of it! Can spend all day in the free section and sculpture garden. Didn’t visit a paid exhibition this time but recommend booking tickets for those online as we arrived upon open (10am) and Jeffrey Smart was booked out until 12:30pm.
  • The Australian National Art Gallery is a great visit for a day outing. There is a small cafe next to the building but there is not much in terms of food close. The art displays were great with a large variety of style and era. A great place to look at some incredible paintings and sculptures. Not to be confused with the Australian National Portrait Gallery.
  • Simply amazing gallery in Australia. You really can’t go past the Turrell art piece called within without. The staff who were super helpful showing me where to find it were so friendly! The gallery is well curated, some amazing First Nations art pieces and there are great facilities like the free lockers for oversized bags. I did find though the medium ones weren’t big enough for a backpack and the larger ones were all taken already!

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