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The Gallery offers a range of tours, talks and lectures covering many topics relating to the Gallery's collections and exhibitions including art and design history, architecture, literature and history.

The special tours and lectures related to exhibitions are aimed at a various audiences – check the listing below or go to What's On for more information.

Scheduled tours

The Gallery also conducts free scheduled guided tours that do not require bookings both of the permanent collection and major exhibitions (times vary for major exhibitions and entry ticket may be required).

The following free scheduled guided tours of the permanent collection are available every day except Christmas Day.

  • Gallery Highlight Tours are offered daily at
    10.30 am, 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm and
    2.30 pm.

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

or phone +61 2 6240 6502.

Image detail above: Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly, 1946 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Gift of Sunday Reed, 1977

Booked group tours

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

K-12 School and tertiary groups

Schools and tertiary institutions can book groups into the Gallery from 10.00 am (AEST) weekdays. A minimum of one supervising adult to 15–20 students is required for school group tours, with the ratio of one adult to six children in early childhood tours. Entry is free to the collection and to special exhibitions for booked groups and students aged 16 and under.

We welcome self-guided tours however please book your visit and note that teachers must remain with groups at all times. Larger groups of students must split into groups of no more than 15 students accompanied by one adult.

Special access tours

Special access tours are provided for groups with special needs and abilities. The Gallery provides a range of services, facilities and programs to enable visitors with special needs to access the national collection. Email or phone +61 2 6240 6432.

Art and Dementia program tours

The Art and Dementia Program is a discussion based tour of works of art provides intellectual stimulation and social inclusion to those living with dementia. Free.

Tourist group highlight tours

30-minute tours of major works in the collection designed for Tourist coach day tours

Special interest tours

Special interest tours are provided for community groups, clubs and societies, conferences and VIPs.

Multilingual tours

Tours in languages other than English and guided tours may be arranged.

Gallery Members tours

The program of events for members published in the calendar includes guided tours.

Private tours

Private 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

How to book

Groups can book any of the tours listed here. Booked tours require a minimum four weeks notice.

Contact via email
or phone +61 2 6240 6519 or fax: +61 2 6240 6560