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The National Portrait Gallery aims to increase the understanding of the Australian people - their identity, history, creativity and culture - through portraiture. The new National Portrait Gallery building, situated on King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Canberra, bounded by the High Court of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, displays some 400 portraits of people who have shaped Australia and who continue to shape our nation.
Home to the nation's portrait collection the National Portrait Gallery comprises gallery spaces for the collection and temporary exhibitions, public areas including a cafe, shop, function room, theatrette, education and school group areas, and basement car parking.
The most significant building to be constructed in the Parliamentary precinct for over twenty years, the new National Portrait Gallery opened to the public on the 4 December 2008 with a series of vibrant exhibitions, lectures, education programs and events.
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