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Arts and Culture in Canberra

Filled with cultural gems, the streets of Canberra sparkle with museums and arts venues to visit! Diverse art collections in this Australian capital city feature works by international and national figures, in addition to many acclaimed local artists. If you’re looking to enjoy a theatre performance or musical concert, be sure to check the events calendar at Canberra’s world-class performance halls. The Aria Hotel offers a convenient and exquisite base for you to reach many popular attractions.

The National Gallery of Australia

A stroll along the lovely shoreline of Lake Burley Griffin will bring you to the spacious National Gallery of Australia. Over 166,000 pieces of art – the country’s largest collection – are located here. In addition to the most famed Australian art, there is also a wonderful array of American and European masterworks, such as Cezanne and Jackson Pollock. Their assemblage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is the most massive in the world. To appreciate the magnificent scope of this museum, it is recommended to join a guided tour.

The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery offers you an eye-catching way to connect deeply with the people who shaped Australia. Over 400 pictures tell remarkable tales of independence, pioneering spirit, exploration and accomplishment. Temporary exhibitions of portraits from around the globe rotate constantly.

Canberra Museum and Gallery

The Canberra Museum and Gallery serves as an impressive showcase of the area’s visual arts and social history. Many fans of Australian art praise The Foundation Collection of Sir Sidney Nolan’s paintings as the most significant gallery in this museum. In addition to this permanent collection, there are more than five gallery spaces and exhibitions change regularly.

Canberra Theatre Centre

The Canberra Theatre Centre is designed with three superb spaces to suit a range of performance art. There is the grandiose Theatre with a proscenium arch, the mid-size Playhouse with three viewing levels, and the intimate 90-seat Courtyard Studio. The packed entertainment schedule of drama, dance, comedy, and music (from symphonies to rock gigs) will delight all visitors to Canberra!

Local Art & Artists

Quality art is on show in all corners of Canberra. Travel to the picturesque suburbs to observe and meet artists working in their studios at the Strathnairn Gallery. Overlooking the Brindella Range, the striking scenery is an artistic masterpiece of its own rite! The Drill Hall Gallery is another splendid, outlying venue, where Sidney Nolan’s Riverbend holds the place of honour. Located on the Australian National University campus, the gallery was renovated recently and has a new, contemporary expression. In addition to art exhibitions, the hall boasts amazing acoustics for musical concerts.

Situated only a short distance from Canberra Airport, the Aria Hotel will grant you easy access to all of these cultural sites. Whether you favour traditional museums, modern displays of art, sensational theatre or lively music, Canberra offers it all!

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