National Art Gallery Of Australia

A photo of the National Art Gallery of Australia from the street

As someone who has visited the National Gallery of Australia, I can confidently say that it is a cultural gem that is not to be missed. From the moment I walked into the building, I was struck by the intricate and stunning design of the museum. It truly is a work of art in and of itself, and it’s worth taking some time to explore and appreciate the architecture before delving into the exhibitions. We visted on the same day that we had been to The Australian War Memorial.

One of the things I loved about the National Gallery was the diversity of the exhibitions. There truly is something for everyone, whether you’re interested in classic paintings, contemporary sculpture, or anything in between. I was particularly blown away by the Cressida Campbell exhibition, which was expertly curated and gave me a real insight into the artist’s work and techniques.

Another highlight for me was the sculpture garden, which is an absolute must-visit. The garden is beautifully maintained and the sculptures themselves are truly breathtaking. One of my personal favourites was the unique fog sculpture, which was only in operation during certain hours but was definitely worth the wait.

But it’s not just the exhibitions and sculptures that make the National Gallery so special – it’s the little details as well. The audio tour, for example, was incredibly helpful in giving me context and a deeper understanding of the artworks I was seeing. And the museum store is an absolute treasure trove, full of unique and interesting items that I didn’t see anywhere else.

Of course, no cultural institution is complete without a cafe, and the National Gallery’s outdoor cafe did not disappoint. It was the perfect spot to take a break and enjoy a coffee while admiring the beautiful surroundings… you might even be able to spot the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve if you are visiting on a clear day.

And while all of these elements make the National Gallery a truly special experience, what really struck me was the sense of community and pride surrounding the museum. From the friendly staff who were happy to answer any questions I had, to the families with children who were genuinely excited to be there, it was clear that the National Gallery is a beloved institution that brings joy and inspiration to many people.

In conclusion, if you’re in Canberra, a visit to the National Gallery of Australia is an absolute must. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, there’s something for everyone here – from the stunning architecture to the diverse exhibitions, the beautiful sculpture garden, and the unique items in the museum store. It’s a cultural destination that truly lives up to the hype, and one that I would happily visit again and again. Just make sure you leave enough time to take it all in – and don’t forget to check out that fog sculpture!

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Q. Is the National Gallery of Australia free?

A. Yes, admission to the National Gallery of Australia is free, although some special exhibitions may have a fee.


Q. What is the biggest art gallery in Australia?

A. The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the largest and oldest art museum in Australia, with two locations in Melbourne.


Q. How much does it cost to get into the National Gallery?

A. Admission to the National Gallery of Australia is free, although some special exhibitions may have a fee.


Q. What are three famous artworks displayed at the National Gallery of Australia?

A. Three famous artworks displayed at the National Gallery of Australia are:

  1. Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles, which is one of the most iconic and controversial paintings in Australian art history.
  2. Tom Roberts’ Shearing the Rams, which is a celebrated Australian impressionist painting depicting the wool industry in rural Australia.
  3. Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series, which is a collection of paintings that tell the story of the notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly.


Q. Does the National Gallery of Australia have a gift shop?

A. Yes, the National Gallery of Australia has a gift shop located on-site, offering a wide range of art-inspired gifts, souvenirs, books, and catalogues.


Q. Is photography allowed inside the National Gallery of Australia?

A. Photography is generally allowed inside the National Gallery of Australia for personal, non-commercial use. However, there may be some restrictions for certain exhibitions or artworks due to copyright or conservation reasons.


Q. Does the National Gallery of Australia have a restaurant or cafe?

A. Yes, the National Gallery of Australia has a restaurant and cafe on-site, offering a variety of food and drink options for visitors. The cafe is located outside the main building, while the restaurant is situated inside with a view of the Sculpture Garden.

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