Dates + times
- 10 December 2010 – 1 May 2011
- Open 10.00 am – 5.00 pm every day
(except Christmas day)
This Exhibition is now closed
Come to the Gallery on Sunday mornings at 9.00 am, before the exhibition opens to the weekend crowds. Premium Sundays with exhibition curator Dr Robert Bell, exhibition assistant Simeran Maxwell and voluntary guides provide the perfect opportunity to relax, enjoy and ask questions about the many spectacular costumes and accessories on display in the exhibition.
Due to popular demand two new Premium Sunday's added.
- From 9.00 am to 10.00 am Sunday 10 April and Sunday 1 May
- Bookings via ticketek.com.au
- Adult price $7.00
- Member/concession $5.00
- Shard adult $10.00
- Shared member/concession $8.00
Exhibition audio tours are available for both adults and children. Works in the exhibition that have audio commentary are clearly marked with audio tour symbols. In addition to individual audio players, there is also the option for two people to operate a shared player with two headsets.
Oliver Messel Mask from costume for a Muse c 1925 National Gallery of Australia, purchased 1973
- Recorded information +61 2 6240 6501
- General information +61 2 6240 6411
- For visitors with mobility difficulties +61 2 6240 6411
- General email enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
10.15 am – 2.45 pm weekdays
10.15 am – 4.45 pm weekends and public holidays
Located within the exhibition, activities in the Family Activity Room are designed for children aged 3–12 and their families. Drawn from the exhibition, children explore design elements such as line, colour, shape, pattern and movement with a variety of hands-on activities such as drawing, puzzles, dressing up and building.
The family activity room is free of charge after exhibition entry and pre-booking is not required.
An audio tour and exhibition trail for children are also available.
How to find us
On the south side of Lake Burley Griffin, the Gallery is adjacent to the High Court and The National Portrait Gallery, walking distance from the National Library and Old Parliament House.
National Gallery of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600
- Geo code for GPS: -35.300096,149.136311
- Get detailed directions here (Google maps)
To familiarise yourself with how to find us you can also view some video of the approaches to the National Gallery.
At peak times please be aware that it may be difficult locating a parking space.
The National Gallery has two car parks.
See map below
Underground (off Parkes Place) opens at 9.50 am and has a 3 hour limit.
- Above ground (off Bowen Drive)
opens at 9.45 am and has no time limit. Access to the Gallery from this car park is via the Sculpture Garden.
- Accessible parking for people with limited mobility is available in both NGA car parks. Assisted lift access to the Gallery is available from the underground car park off Parkes Place.
Catch the bus
Catching the bus is recommended due to limited parking. The closest bus stop to the National Gallery is only a 5-minute walk away. For additional details call the ACT bus Customer Service Centre on 131710 or visit action.act.gov.au
- Weekday routes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 63, 80, 727
- Saturday and Sunday routes 934, 938
A hop on–hop off tourist minibus services the NGA daily. For more information and bookings see Explorer Bus
Taxis can drop off at the front entrance of the National Gallery.
- Call Cabxpress 6260 6011
- Canberra Cabs 13 2227
- For wheelchair access cabs call 612 615 596
Walking / Cycling
From the city to the Gallery will take approx. 30 minutes walking or 10 minutes cycling. A walk from the Bus Depot Markets car park (available Mon-Sat) will take 20 minutes (see map below).
The national collection
While you are here take the opportunity to discover, or rediscover, the national collection.
Please see our must see list .
There’s lots to see and do in the national capital. If you’re visiting from interstate or overseas find out more information at visitcanberra.com.au
From budget to luxury there are a range of exhibition accommodation and ticket packages available for your visit to Canberra.
To book accommodation packages and find out more about what to see and do in Canberra see www.visitcanberra.com.au or call 1300 889 024.
Official accommodation partner of Ballets Russes: the art of costume Novotel Canberra offers accommodation packages from just $188 per night. Enjoy overnight accommodation, a full buffet breakfast for two at One Restaurant and Bar and two tickets to the National Gallery of Australia's Ballets Russes: the art of costume exhibition.
Open every summer Friday from 5.00 pm
Experience this summer's hottest Friday night venue, the Sculpture Bar in association with Veuve Clicquot. Make the most of summer and chill under the stars in the stunning surrounds of the National Gallery of Australia's Sculpture Garden. The Sculpture Bar in association with Veuve Clicquot is now open.