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Canberra, AC 2606
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Arts & Museums
Beaver Galleries, established in 1975, is the largest privately-owned gallery in Canberra and has established a national and international reputation for excellence. It comprises four gallery spaces, an impressive sculpture garden, a gallery shop selling unusual handcrafted products; and a licensed café. The exhibition schedule includes works by both established and emerging artists from all over Australia, but with significant representation from local Canberra artists. Displays include contemporary works over a wide range of disciplines including painting, print making, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelery and furniture. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
Solander Gallery is the city's oldest, privately-owned fine art gallery. Enjoy some of the best Australian paintings and sculpture, including contemporary and traditional museum quality Aboriginal and New Guinea art and artifacts. The gallery represents a huge number of artists and has established a reputation for bringing significant artists to the city. Solander Gallery specializes in Investment art and collection advice. Its large stockroom holds works from major painters from every state of Australia. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
No better location could be found to observe art and dine on quality food than here on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin. Set in leafy gardens, the heritage cottage houses a high quality art gallery; Oaks Brasserie and Yarralumla Gallery, with goods for sale and a brasserie. After viewing the gallery relax at the brasserie over mouthwatering meals, delicious cakes or a fine lunch with Australian or Kiwi wines. Call for more details on current and upcoming events.
Chapman Gallery has displayed a range of Australian contemporary art in changing exhibitions since 1976. Comprising ceramics, paintings and other art forms, the gallery also specializes in the best of Aboriginal art and artifacts from Central Australia and the Western Desert. The gallery is located in a former residential building creating an informal and intimate setting. During its reconstruction, the architect emphasized the natural light and space available so that each artist's work is seen to its best advantage. Works are available for sale and ample parking is provided. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
With a brand new location, the M16 is gearing itself up with modern amenities that facilitate the works of a greater number of artists. Consisting of twenty-eight studios that are brilliantly equipped to pacify every technical whim and aesthetic fancy of the artist, the place is an artist's haven. Maintained and run by a bunch of artists themselves, it supplies the amateurs with the artful best. For further information, log on to their website or call for assistance.
For those with a compulsion to uncover the past, visit here first. The storehouse of documents ranges from books, maps, government files, audio tape, artwork and electronic records. The reading room is a peaceful place for the researcher and visitor alike and offers the opportunity to view original records. Visit the Orientation Centre for researching your family history and old photographs. There are two education centers and the Hughes Room is dedicated to microfilm. Located in the shadow of Parliament House, the Archive earns its place among the most important buildings of the nation.
An integral part of Canberra's history and the original seat of power, the Museum of Australian Democracy occupying the Old Parliament House is a wonderful step back in time. The self-guided tour takes 45 minutes and is a great way to see the building which houses artifacts and other memorabilia that showcases the history of democracy in the country.
This unique and diverse space is an important effort in community art. The gallery space is open and naturally lit and offers a varied and pleasing array of exhibits from fine art to photography to computer generated work. For those who wish to become re-acquainted with the creative process, visit the Spiral Arm Gallery first and walk away inspired. Admission is free. Call for more details on current and upcoming events.
This is one of the earliest historical sites in Canberra. Originally used to house rural workers, the cottage was built in the 1830s and offers a unique look into the lives of those who lived here almost two centuries ago. Also located at this site is the newly constructed Evelyn Curley Memorial Environmental Education Center. Learn about current environmental issues facing today's citizens, enjoy a walk across the paddocks to familiarize yourself with the local ecosystem, or take a guided tour.
The museum presents Australian history and culture through a blending of exhibits, technology and hands-on activities. The building is deliberately anti-monumental with a seamless integration between architecture and landscape. Inside there are exhibition galleries, restaurants, theaters and a resource centre. The permanent exhibitions deal with the themes Land, Nation and People, and the Gallery of the First Australians conveys the country's indigenous heritage. The temporary exhibition gallery hosts travelling blockbuster exhibitions. Admission: Free to permanent collection.
Get ready for an earthquake, as the Questacon Centre shakes you up with a wide and exciting variety of exhibitions. Proud of their interactive policy, the museum boasts of over 200 exhibits housed within six enormous galleries. The mysteries of modern technology and science are revealed through touch, sight and sound as the museum encourages hands-on learning. This is a unique museum suitable for the whole family. An in-house café caters to your hunger pangs. Their gift shop makes for a good place to hunt for souvenirs and books. Check website for more details.
Located near the National Gallery of Australia, this exhibit space is as pleasing as the collection itself. The concept was implemented in 1997 and is growing steadily, due in part to independently commissioned portraits. Historic and contemporary pieces highlight individuals who have made an impact on Australian culture. Gallery tours of the National Portrait Gallery are available and the gift shop has a fine collection of books and gifts. For those not fulfilled by culture alone, the in-house café is open throughout the day. Admission is free. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.