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National Portrait Gallery

Explore Australian identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity—through portraiture.

The National Portrait Gallery is a cultural institution where students will discover a veritable roll call of remarkable Australians—those we are variously inspired, moved, perplexed and delighted by.

The National Portrait Gallery will be closed from 23 April 2019 until the end of September 2019. During this time Virtual Excursions will still be available.

Online learning resources are available for use in the classroom. Go to portrait.gov.au to discover these resources.

Education newsletters allow you to stay in touch with the Gallery’s education and exhibition programs. Subscribe at portrait.gov.au.

For updates on the closure and other available programs please visit portrait.gov.au.


Program Information
Come and experience our student-centred and interactive educational programs, led by professional Learning Facilitators. Elements include:
Portrait School programs

Focussed on learning through discussion, visual analysis, drawing and creative activities. The content is cross-curricular in nature, with a choice of focus areas on offer: visual art; history; English; civics and citizenship; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activism. We also offer Visual Thinking Strategies, a critical thinking and visual literacy program for all levels of education.

Head Hunt

An interactive learning resource for use in the Gallery. Students compare and contrast portraits and collaboratively create a brief descriptive report with an iPad app.

Virtual Excursions

Are available in your own classroom via video conferencing. Fully interactive sessions with Gallery staff let you explore the National Portrait Gallery Collection in real time learning programs aligned with the National Curriculum. Find out more at: portrait.gov.au/content/virtual-excursions


Tailored programs, and programs for all abilities are also available for booking. Costs apply to some programs.