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Unveiling Canberra's Artistic Treasures: A Guide to Museums and Art Galleries

Canberra boasts a thriving cultural scene brimming with world-class museums and art galleries.  Beyond the halls of Parliament House lies a treasure trove for art enthusiasts and history buffs alike.  This guide unveils the must-see museums and art galleries in Canberra, ensuring an enriching and inspiring journey.


Unveiling Australia's National Treasures

National Gallery of Australia (NGA):  A cornerstone of Australian art, the NGA houses an extensive collection spanning Indigenous art, Australian colonial art, and international masterpieces. Be captivated by iconic works from Botticelli, Van Gogh, Monet, and delve into the evolution of Australian art. Don't miss the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Department, showcasing the rich artistic heritage of Australia's First Nations people.

Address: Parkes Pl E, Parkes ACT 2600
Website: National Gallery of Australia

National Portrait Gallery (NPG):  Step into the lives of Australia's most influential figures through captivating portraits and sculptures. The NPG's collection chronicles Australian history through the faces of politicians, artists, musicians, and everyday heroes. Engage with interactive exhibitions and explore the stories behind the faces that shaped a nation.

Address: King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600
Website: National Portrait Gallery


Exploring Canberra's Local Canvas

Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG): Embark on a journey through Canberra's social history and visual arts scene. CMAG's collection features the iconic Nolan Collection, a captivating exploration of Australian artist Sidney Nolan's work. Temporary exhibitions showcase contemporary art, photography, and design, offering a dynamic perspective on Canberra's creative landscape.

Address: 176 London Cct, Canberra ACT 2601
Website: Canberra Museum and Gallery

Drill Hall Gallery: Nestled in the historic Ainslie Drill Hall, this artist-run initiative presents cutting-edge contemporary art exhibitions. Expect thought-provoking installations, performances, and multimedia works by emerging and established Australian artists.

Address: Kingsley St, Acton ACT 2601 (Temporarily closed for renovation, re-opening Aug 2024)
Website: Drill Hall Gallery


A Walk Through History

Australian War Memorial: Honour the sacrifices of Australian servicemen and women throughout history at the Australian War Memorial. This poignant and powerful memorial features exhibits, a Roll of Honour, and the Eternal Flame, commemorating Australians who have fallen in wars and conflicts. The Last Post Ceremony held daily at 5:00 pm is a moving tribute.

Address: Treloar Cres, Campbell ACT 2612
Website: Australian War Memorial

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House: Step back in time and explore the halls of power at Old Parliament House, now a museum dedicated to Australian democracy. Interactive exhibits and tours unveil the workings of the Australian Parliament and the stories of the politicians who shaped the nation.

Address: 18 King George Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600
Website: Old Parliament House


Canberra's museums and art galleries offer a diverse range of experiences.  Many institutions provide free entry, making cultural exploration accessible to all. Check individual websites for opening hours, special exhibitions, and events to plan your visit. Consider purchasing a multi-attraction pass for discounted entry to multiple galleries.


Beyond the Museums

Canberra's artistic spirit extends beyond museums and galleries. Explore the vibrant street art scene in NewActon and Braddon. Catch a performance at the Canberra Theatre Centre or immerse yourself in the world of film at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Canberra awaits with its captivating museums and art galleries. So, pack your curiosity, embrace your inner art enthusiast, and embark on a journey to discover the artistic soul of Australia's capital city.


Check out our map below for museum and art gallery locations respective to Canberra Parklands Central Hotel:

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