Explore portraiture and come face to face with Australian identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity.
In the early 1900s, the painter Tom Roberts was the first to propose that Australia should have a national portrait gallery, but it was not until the 1990s that the possibility began to take shape.
The National Portrait Gallery's growing collection consists of representations of individuals who have influenced or contributed to the shaping of Australia as a nation and a society. Find portraits using the search tool below, or browse the collection highlights and features.
The National Portrait Gallery is situated on King Edward Terrace, in front of the High Court and alongside the National Gallery of Australia – see a map of our location. We are open every day of the year from 10am to 5pm, except 25 December.
Coming by public transport? Our location page includes information about bus routes.
Driving your own car to the Gallery? Please see information about access to and fees for our underground carpark.
We’re sorry to pry, but have you been to any of the COVID-19 hotspots during the time the ACT Government has stated? If so, before you visit, we need you to follow their advice at covid19.act.gov.au
If it’s all ok, we are open and absolutely thrilled to welcome you to the Gallery! Having said that, we'd like you to pre-book your visit to make sure you and our staff are safe.
PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE GALLERY SPACES
You are welcome to take photographs of the permanent collection for personal use. Exceptions may apply, in which case a wall label specify 'no photography'. In addition, flash photography, video recording and the use of tripods, monopoles, selfie sticks and additional equipment are not permitted.
Commercial photography, within and external to the building, requires National Portrait Gallery approval and maybe subject to fees. For commercial photography and filming requests please email [email protected]
All the galleries, cafe and shop are on one level. (To gain a sense of the layout, see our Gallery map.)
Wheelchairs and strollers are available, and assistance animals are welcome. Hearing loop facilities are provided in the Liangis Theatre and Terrace Rooms. Magnifying devices are available from the Information Desk. Companion card holders gain free entry to paid exhibitions.
Vision-impaired visitors are invited to use the Portrait Stories app during their visit. It’s a guide to all the portraits and people on display (and more), and makes use of in-built iOS accessibility features such as larger text and VoiceOver. If you have an iPhone or iPad, download the app for free. We welcome your feedback on whether it enhances your visiting experience, and how it could be improved.
The National Portrait Gallery is committed to providing a variety of inclusive programs.
CAFE AND STORE
The café and shop are open too. They are considered separate indoor spaces, so can be visited before or after your booked session. You do not need to use part of your session to visit them. They’ll have additional requirements due to food service and smaller spaces, so please look for, and adhere to, their signage. There could also be short wait times if they're at capacity.
National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT, Australia