National Portrait Gallery

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Canberra , Australia
Street King Edward Tce
Extras Parkes
+61 2 6102 7000
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Lonely Planet review

This gallery tells the story of Australia through its faces – from wax cameos of Aboriginal tribespeople to colonial portraits of the nation's founding families and contemporary works such as Howard Arkley's Day-Glo portrait of musician Nick Cave.

The purpose-built building was designed by architect Richard Johnson of Sydney firm Johnson Pilton Walker and all of its spaces – from exhibition rooms to the lovely terrace cafe – work extremely well.