Sunday, January 31, 2016

Day 2299 - The National Portrait Gallery

Let's go and stare at some faces ...

Taking a wander through the National Portrait Gallery.
Yesterday my daughter and I were chatting about cities and how one of the attractions of living in a big city is the access to galleries and museums.  We were really talking about NYC and Sydney, but then it occurred to us that we had access to all of the national museums right here.

It's easy to take such things for granted when you live in the nation's capital. It's easy to get caught up in suburban life and to think in a suburban way.

When in fact we are living in one of Australia's best cities.  In fact, according to the international Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Canberra is the best place to live in the world.

Yep, you heard me.  THE WORLD!

Don't believe me? Then check out the Canberra Times article here and the Sydney Morning Herald article here and the BBC report here.

So anyway, that's a long way of saying that we decided to start tapping into the art that we have access to right at our front door.

So without much planning involved we threw on some decent clothes, said goodbye to the not-so-arty-farty men in the house and headed to the Parliamentary triangle to peruse the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia.

The National Gallery is a place we've visited already in the last few years, but the National Portrait Gallery was a new experience for both of us.

The National Portrait Gallery - can you spot Hugo Weaving? Sir Charles Kingsford Smith perhaps?

The National Portrait Gallery - some amazing art with fantastic texture. Deborah Mailman is a fave. 

The National Portrait Gallery - so many portraits, so many styles, across so many ages.

It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon and the best part about it was it was free! Yep, you can visit the Portrait Gallery and the NGA without having to play a cent. Unless there is a special exhibition on display which then costs around $25 for adults and approximately $17 for concession. Check the websites for details.

Photography is allowed in the Portrait Gallery although you cannot use a flash, nor can you video or take in extra equipment like tripods, selfie sticks etc.

There is undercover parking available for both galleries and if you visit on the weekends, the parking is free.

Both galleries have lovely little coffee shops, as well as a gift shop and book store.

So there you have it. Just because we live in the suburbs, doesn't mean we have to be suburban.

We've got an entire city to explore! The world's best in fact.

Do you like to visit art galleries?

Do you have an art gallery near you?

When was the last time you explored your home town? 


  1. I last went to Canberra when my best friend was living there (hubby was in the army and now they live in Townsville), we were planning my wedding at the time gosh it was November 2000 I think. We visited the national gallery and brought a few prints that we still have. I had't heard of the portrait gallery though. I must do this. I loved Canberra, so green and pretty. You are right though we tend to not look closer to home. I really should do they Melbourne gallery shouldn't I! The girls have ben with school, but still not me. You've reminded me how much I love Canberra I'll have to take the kids, we just got back fro Tassie and it was also a gorgeous place, you must go if you haven't. Anyway I have just found your blog, so nice to find another Aussie x

    1. Hi Mackenzie. Great to meet you! Can you believe I have actually done the Melbourne gallery. Another example of how we ooh and aah over other cities, but forget to ooh and aah over or own. If you decide to take a trip to Canberra let me know and we'll catch up for a bloggy cuppa.


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