24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

National Portrait Gallery

Address: King Edward Terrace, Parkes, ACT 2600

The National Portrait Gallery of Australia is Canberra’s youngest cultural institution and celebrates the culture, history and diversity of Australians through portraiture. The face of the nation is on display through around 400 pieces of Australia’s portrait collection. It exists to increase the understanding and appreciation of the Australian people – including our identity and creativity – through portraiture.


From the north: Head south on Commonwealth Avenue and take the King Edward Terrace exit towards Tourist Drive 7/Parliamentary Zone. Keep right at the fork to continue towards King Edward Terrace/Tourist Drive 7. Turn left onto Parkes Place.

From the south: Head east on Adelaide Avenue towards State Circle. Keep left at the fork, merging onto State Circle. Turn left onto Kings Avenue. Take the exit towards King Edwards Terrace/Parkes. At the roundabout, continue straight onto King Edwards Terrace. Turn right onto Parkes Place.


There is an underground carpark off of Parkes Place at the National Portrait Gallery. Weekdays it is paid parking and can range from $2.50-$35.00 and it closes at 5:30pm. Parking is free on the weekends in the open air parking around Parliamentary Triangle.

Public Transport

ACTION buses has several routes that pass the National Portrait Gallery and go through various city centres. On weekdays routes 1, 2, 3, and 80, and on weekends routes 934 and 935.

Food and Shopping

The Portrait Café (Broadbean Catering) is open 9:00am-4:30pm daily, located off to the right of the entrance.

The Portrait Gallery Store (The Curatoreum) is located next to the café and offers a range of designer products.

Amenities and Accessibility

The National Portrait Gallery is wheelchair accessible as the galleries, gift shop and cafe are all on a single level. Wheelchairs are also available through the gallery and the bathrooms closest to the entrance is accessible to wheelchairs.

Assistance animals are welcome.

There are hearing loops available in the Liangis Theatre and Terrace Rooms.

For any further information on accessibility at the National Portrait Gallery please refer to the official website.


Liangis Theatre

The Liangis Theatre is a lecture hall styled with classic minimalism. With tiered seating available the intimate audience is offered a clear view of speakers or panellists. 

To get to the theatre take the first left after entering through the gallery's entrance. After the cloakroom turn left again and continue along the hall until you reach the theatre.


Terrace Rooms

The Terrace Room is a versatile venue for meals and events throughout the day, with the heated terrace providing a unique view of the Parliamentary Triangle.

Upon entering the National Portrait Gallery continue straight through the Gordon Darling Hall and go to the hallway in the back right corner, the Terrace Rooms will be on the right.

The bathrooms are located around the corner from the Terrace Room.




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