masthead logo
email webmanager facebook | twitter | instagram | google+ | flickr | contacts | 


General information


General | Location | Updates | Families | Tours | Access | Food | Venue hire | Shop | Study Room


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



Parkes Place, Parkes
Canberra ACT 2600


  • Collection: entry is free
  • Special exhibitions: entry costs may apply

Orientation map

See our new highlights map with details on finding your way around the Gallery building during our current changes, (see Notifications . This map is regularly updated due to the changes, so please check the latest version here.


Toilets can be found on:

  • Level LG – Café
  • Level G - main entrance near the cloakroom (disabled access)
  • Level 1 - near the fashion and jewellery displays (disabled access)
  • Level 2 – near the Membership Office

Parents and Carers room

The Gallery provides a number of facilities for visitors with young children:

  • One Parents/Carers Room near the Cloakroom on Level G provides changing and toilet facilities.
  • Our other Parents/Carers Room located on Level 1 near the James O Fairfax Theatre has additional facilities of private and comfortable seating and a microwave oven. While this is also a comfortable place for breastfeeding, breastfeeding is welcome in all areas of the Gallery.
  • Strollers are available at the cloakroom for use only within the Gallery.
  • All public areas of the Gallery are available either by lifts, escalators, or walkway ramps.
  • Highchairs are available in the spacious eating area in the Café.

The gardens

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

The Shop

View list of NGA publications

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

Accommodation partners

Photography and copyright

Many of the works of art on display are subject to copyright protection, and commercial photography is prohibited.

Visitors are welcome to have handheld cameras and mobile devices in the Gallery. Unless sign-posted to the contrary, you may use these—and similar devices such as camera phones—for personal purposes to the extent authorised by the Australian Copyright Act 1968 for example, for 'research or study', 'criticism or review'.

Further information regarding the Australian Copyright law is available at the information desk.

For the preservation and safety of the works of art, the use of flash or equipment such as tripods, monopoles or selfie-sticks is not permitted within the Gallery.

Conditions of entry

For the convenience of our visitors and the safety of the art, we require and appreciate your compliance with these conditions.

While within the Gallery's building and grounds, you must not engage in dangerous or inappropriate behaviour, illegal acts or infringe the rights of any other person. If you fail to comply, you may be asked to leave or you may 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 surveillance cameras.

To help us protect our displays and exhibitions from damage, we ask visitors to observe the following conditions of entry to the Gallery:

  • Items where any one side is longer than 30cm, such as bags, backpacks, umbrellas, baby backpack carries, tripods and monopods are not permitted in the exhibition areas. Free supervised storage is available in the Foyer cloakroom.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in any exhibition area.
  • All of the National Gallery's buildings and immediate surrounds are smoke-free.
  • Touching of art work is not permitted.
  • Trained, registered and visibly identifiable guide, hearing and other assistance dogs are welcome to visit the Gallery when accompanied by their handler.

Supervision of children

The Gallery as a public facility reminds you that you are responsible for the direct supervision of children in your care. We encourage families, (especially those with young children), to stay together at all times.

We also ask that children not be carried on their parents' or carers' shoulders due to the potential for injury to the child or damage to works of art.

Having a safe and enjoyable visit

While all persons entering the Gallery and its relaxing surrounds (the Sculpture Garden, and the Australian Garden with the nearby Turrell Skyspace and moat) do so at their own risk, there are some simple things that will make your visit safe and enjoyable:

  • Walk, don't run – the Gallery's visitors include a wide range of age groups and abilities, and walking will ensure the safety of both your children and other visitors.
  • Signs – you'll see a range of signs posted at the Gallery. Please follow their advice.
  • Staff requests – our Security Officers or Front of House staff may make requests or give you directions from time to time – please follow their requests.