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Canberra art galleries

Canberra has some of the most beautiful art galleries in Australia. No matter if you are an art lover or have only dabbled in it once or twice, there is an exhibition to delight your eyes.

One of the most prestigious galleries in the country, the National Gallery of Australia has its home in the nation's capital.

With a focus on Australian art, including Indigenous art, the National Gallery also has fine international exhibitions with anything from Degas shows to displays of ancient Chinese ceramics.

You will also enjoy the National Portrait Gallery, displaying the human face of Australia with more than 400 portraits of significant Australians. The portrait gallery is also home to some of the greatest art awards in the country including the annual National Photographic Portrait Prize and the National Youth Self Portrait Prize.

If you would like to see some of the most stunning Indigenous art around, take a trip to the Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery at Gold Creek, and to see more local artists' work the Aarwun Gallery, also at Gold Creek, is a treat.

You can find more information about each of these institutions whether it be there opening hours, cost, and more of what you can expect, on this site.

  • National Gallery Of Australia - The National Gallery of Australia has more than 100,000 art works across four principles areas: Australian art, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Asian art and International art including European, American and Pacific art.

  • National Portrait Gallery - The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, located in between the High Court of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, has approximately 400 portraits of people who are and continue to be significant to Australia.

  • Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery - The Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery is one of the most comprehensive Indigenous galleries in Australia and has both Australian Aboriginal art and artifacts.

  • Aarwun Gallery - The Aarwun Gallery has everything from Indigenous art to glass, ceramics, models, jewellery, woodwork and bronze sculptures. Some of the Canberra gallery's artists include Sydney-born Melissa Barber who is known for her vivid-coloured artwork depicting landscape, flora and fauna.

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