Getting here

Everything you need to know about getting to the Masterpieces from Paris exhibition.

For interstate and international visitors there are a range of accommodation and travel packages including tickets to the exhibition.  

Image above: Camille Pissarro Pont Boïeldieu, Rouen, sunset, misty weather 1896
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, on long-term loan from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, accepted in lieu of tax 1983
© RMN (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

Visiting Canberra

There’s lots to see and do in the national capital.  If you’re visiting from interstate or overseas find out more information at



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.

See map below

National Gallery of Australia
Parkes Place
Canberra ACT 2600

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.
  • Aboveground (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

  • 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).

For information on bicycle hire.

Charles Angrand Couple in the street 1887
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, purchased 1950
© RMN (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski


Combine a cruise on the Lake with a visit to the exhibition.  There are a range of lake cruises available with drop off at the jetty nearest to the National Gallery.

For more information on cruises click here or call the Canberra Visitor Centre on 1300 554 114

Ferry Cruise + ticket package

  • $40 adult
  • $33 concession
  • Receive your exhibition ticket on arrival at the wharf
  • Return trip included

Lake Burley Griffin Cruises run services 7 days a week departing Acton Ferry Terminal at 10.30, 1.30 or 2.30 (Increased frequency on weekends when the car parking is free}

Return trips depart Commonwealth Place at 11.15, 2.15 and 3.15  and 5.15 daily on weekends and public holidays 11.15,12.15, 2.15, 3.15, and 4.15 with last pick up at 5.15.

  • Bookings are essential – (min 48hrs notice)
  • Call 0419 418 846 or
  • email