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General information


General | Location | Assisted access | Group Tours | Food | Shop | Collection Study Room | Venue hire


Open daily 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
(closed Christmas day).

  • Turrell Skyspace optimum viewing times
  • Fujiko Nakaya's Fog sculpture is in operation 12.30–2.00 pm daily



See Directions & Parking
Parkes Place
Parkes, Canberra ACT 2600


  • Permananent collection: entry is free
  • Special exhibitions: entry costs may apply

Conditions of entry

For the safety of the art and convenience of other visitors we require and appreciate your compliance with these conditions and other similar standards of good behaviour. If you fail to comply, you may be asked to leave the building, or be removed from the premises.

All persons entering the Gallery and the Sculpture Garden do so at their own risk. The Gallery and Sculpture Garden are continuously monitored by closed-circuit surveillance.

The Sculpture Garden is open every day of the year. Visitors are advised that extreme caution should be exercised on slate paving when wet, as it becomes slippery.

Orientation map

All the details on finding your way around the Gallery building

Carers room

The Gallery provides two rooms. The rooms provide

  • baby changing table, nappy disposal,
  • privacy screen for breastfeeding,
  • comfortable chairs and
  • kitchenette including a microwave.

They are located on

  • Level G - near cloakroom at the entrance
  • Level 1 - near James.O.Fairfax Theatre & photography displays.

There are two toilet locations;

  • Level G - main entrance near the cloakroom
  • Level 1 - near the fashion and jewellery displays.

Accommodation partners


View list of NGA publications

Indigenous arts and craft, books and catalogues, calendars and diaries, prints and posters, gifts, jewellery, fine art cards.

  • Open 7 days 10 am – 5 pm
  • phone +61 2 6240 6420
    Parkes Place, Canberra ACT 2601

Scheduled guided tours

The following free guided tours are available every day except Christmas Day.

  • Australian art
    10.30 am and 1.30 pm | daily
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art
    12.30 pm | Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
  • Collection highlights
    11.30 am and 2.30 pm daily |  
    plus 12.30 pm on Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat.

Please note: Tours range from 30 minutes to 1 hour duration

or phone +61 2 6240 6502.

Booked guided tours

Free guided tours may be booked any day except Christmas Day.

or phone +61 2 6240 6588

  • Highlight tours
    30-minute tours of major works in the collection designed for Tourist coach day tours
  • ARTDiscovery tours
    for schools: bookings required.
  • Private tours
    guided tours may be included in private bookings for a fee. Note: All hire of Gallery spaces is subject to availability, as negotiated with the Events Coordinator on +61 2 6240 6711
  • Members tours
    the program of events for members published in the calendar includes guided tours.
  • Special interest
    groups and VIPs tours
  • Becoming an NGA Guide