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National Gallery of Australia

Visit the home of Australia’s national art collection

The vast collections of the National Gallery of Australia cover Australian art—including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art—Asian art, Pacific art and International art. In addition to our permanent collection we have a dynamic exhibition programme that can be included in your visit.

It’s a great time to visit the Gallery because we are moving things around and you will see works of art that you might never have seen, as well as art you may know well.


Program Information
Our education programmes explore the power of creativity and imagination, fostering a greater understanding of the creative process and increasing awareness of cultural differences and identity.

The national collection is an excellent way to engage with cross-curriculum priorities. In particular, we offer a range of education programmes focused on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander galleries, the largest and finest display of Australian Indigenous art in the world. Gallery educators are also available to assist you in planning visits to meet specific themes and tailor programmes to Australian Curriculum requirements.

Discovery tours are an interactive introduction to the collection that develops skill in discussing, analysing and appreciating art.

Focus tours are tailored to a curriculum area as requested by a teacher when booking.

Drawing tours encourage students to interpret and discuss art through drawing.

Self-guided tours are welcome but must be booked and all students must be accompanied.

Study sessions link your Gallery visit to classroom studies. Sessions last 2–3 hours and may include tours, workshops, illustrated talks and films. Cost $7.00 per student.

Digital draw and explore is a creative drawing programme using iPads to push the creative drawing process in an extended 2-hour focused workshop. Bring your own device or use ours (subject to availability). Cost: $7.00 per student.

Professional development sessions for groups of teachers are organised on request and include exhibition previews as well as discussions around education resources and strategies.

Collection Study Room Sessions allow small groups of up to 20 people to view works of art that are not on display. Admission is by appointment, three weeks in advance. Enquires: csr@nga.gov.au.

National Summer Art Scholarship Each January we select 16 Year 11 students from around the nation (two from each state) and bring them to Canberra for an intensive week of study. Made possible with the support of Tim Fairfax in honour of Betty Churcher. Application forms available at nga.gov.au/SummerArtScholarship