Parkes Place, Parkes

ACT 2601
Phone: +61 2 6240 6501

National Gallery Of Australia

The National Gallery of Australia opened in 1982 in an imposing building, designed by architect Colin Madigan, located beside Lake Burley Griffin and surrounded by a landscaped Sculpture Garden. The Gallery houses the national collection comprising original works of art by Australian and International artists, with particular strengths in modern and contemporary works.

Permanent Collection

The National Gallery of Australia's collections include more than 100,000 works of art across four main areas: Australian art, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art, Asian art and International art
Works in the Gallery are part of Australia's national collection. They belong to the people of Australia and are preserved and presented for their enjoyment and education. It is the Gallery's intention to make the collection as widely appreciated as possible both in Australia and overseas.

Main collections

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
Australian Art
Asian Art
Decorative Arts and Design
International Art
Pacific Art
NAB Sculpture Gallery
Sculpture garden
The building
Collection focus
The nga website contains special focus sites with in-depth information on specific areas of the collection.
The Aboriginal memorial
Australian prints
Indian art
Indonesian textiles
International painting and sculpture
International prints, drawings and illustrated books
Kenneth Tyler collection
Provenance research project
TT Tsui collection of chinese ceramics


very important photographs from the European, American and Australian photography collection 1840s – 1940s
26 May – 19 August 2007

VIP: very important photographs 1840s–1940s a rare opportunity to view over 150 beautiful and significant works from the 1840s to the 1940s by Australian and International photographers in the national collection.
VIP includes works distant in time and approach – from those by unknown travelling portraitists of the 19th century to elborately staged advertising tableaux of the mid 20th century. As well as featuring famous single images, the exhibition also emphasises areas of special strength in the collection.

Photofocus forum
Saturday 26 May 1 am – 6 pm

George.W.Lambert Retrospective
heroes & icons
29 June – 16 September 2007
this is a ticketed exhibition
George Lambert (1873-1930) was one of Australia’s most brilliant, witty and fascinating artists.

The most comprehensive showing of Lambert's work for over 50 years, this exhibition will present the diverse range of Lambert’s work from his Australian bush subjects to his Edwardian portraits and figure groups, from his sparkling oil sketches to his major battle paintings and large sculpture. It will show the full breadth of Lambert’s approaches to image making and the variety of his handling of pencil, pen and paint. It will demonstrate his sure draughtsmanship and the seductive glamour and sensual appeal of his paint surfaces.

Drawn in
14 July – 25 November 2007
Children's Gallery

By looking closely at drawings we can get a powerful insight into the thoughts, ideas and pro...+ [ Read all ]

Forthcoming exhibitions

1 September 2007 – 27 January 2008

Robert Rauschenberg moved to New York in 1949, at a time when the avant-garde art scene was dominated by Abstract Expressionism. Right from the beginning, Rauschenberg worked beyond the restrictions imposed by media, style and convention, and adopted a unique experimental methodology that combined gestural mark-making with its antithesis – mechanically reproduced imagery. It was this remarkable clash of visual elements in Rauschenberg’s art that provided a major aesthetic fracture – a departure from the heroic painterly gestures of Abstract Expressionism towards a fascination with popular culture and commercial art forms embraced by the forthcoming Pop Art movement.
The exhibition Rauschenberg is drawn from the collection of rich prints and multiples at the National Gallery of Australia andshowcases the artist’s innovative printmaking processes from the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s.
detail: Robert Rauschenberg 'Horsefeathers Thirteen – I' 1972 planographic, stencil, collage © Robert Rauschenberg
Black robe, white mist
the art of the Japanese Buddhist nun
Otagaki Rengetsu
8 September 2007 –27 January 2008

Otagaki Rengetsu (1791–1875), whose name translates as Lotus Moon, was a Japanese Buddhist nun whose tragic life inspired extraordinary creativity. One of a very few successful female artists of 19th-century Japan, Rengetsu was primarily a poet and calligrapher but also excelled in pottery and scroll painting.

Largely drawn from international private collections, black robe, white mist shows contemplative works of paper and clay inscribed with Reng...+ [ Read all ]


Admission to the permanent collection is free. Admission prices may apply to special exhibitions. Entry for ages 16 and under is free to all exhibitions.

Opening hours

Open daily 10am–5pm (closed Christmas day)

Getting there

For bus routes and times, please visit:

Parking areas
During major exhibitions it may be difficult to park at the Gallery. Please refer to the map below for alternative parking areas.


Disabled Facilities

Wheelchairs and strollers are available from the cloakroom. There are two motorised wheelchairs available for use in the general galleries only.

Access to the main entrance is via ramps. People using wheelchairs can navigate the Gallery via lifts and ramps. Assisted entry to the Gallery is available from the Underground Carpark.

Parking for people with mobility difficulties is available directly opposite the assisted entry sign. To gain entrance to the Gallery press an airphone button below the sign. A security officer will assist you to enter the building via the lower level elevator. Parking for people with mobility difficulties is also located in the Gallery's street level car park.

If you seek further clarification about these procedures please email or phone +61 2 6240 6444

If special assistance is required during a visit, please ask the nearest security officer or information officer.

There is a toilet for visitors with special needs in the foyer.
Large, light and open, overlooking the sculpture garden, the NGA Café is available after 6pm for cocktails or formal dinners. It can accommodate up to 110 seated guests or 150 guests for cocktails.
Opening hours
*Licensed only
Members Lounge
Opening Hours
Morning Tea 10:00am–12:00pm
Lunch 12:00pm–2:30pm
Afternoon Tea 2:30pm–4:30pm
*Licensed only
Sculpture garden restaurant
Set in a pavilion on the edge of a tranquil reed pond with enchanting views of the Japanese fog sculpture the Sculpture garden restaurant is open daily for lunch and on Saturday and Sunday for brunch. The restaurant is also available fo...+ [ Read all ]

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Venue Hire
Several areas are available for hire, including the Main Foyer,
James O Fairfax Theatre, nga cafe and Restaurant in the Sculpture Garden.

+61 2 6240 6711 for the events coordinator OR email