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New Zealand Portrait Gallery

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Address: 11 Customhouse Quay, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
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+64 4-472 2298
10:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery gives us perspectives on ourselves and our...

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery gives us perspectives on ourselves and our place in the world. It is home to a growing collection of portraits. Our exhibitions include painting, sculpture, caricature, photography and new media. These portraits of members of our society spur us into thinking about what it means to be New Zealanders - perhaps even to wonder if there is a character that is particularly our own. The gallery is located in a long, open building, built in 1904 as a waterside store. Look up and you can see the pulleys and beams which were used to move pallets and barrels through the building over one hundred years ago

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Wellington Portrait gallery

The gallery was open and airy and gave room to stand back from portaits to look at the portraits from different angles.Enjoyed my experience

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Karen W
Whakatane, New Zealand
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gallery was open and airy and gave room to stand back from portaits to look at the portraits from different angles.Enjoyed my experience

Thank Karen W
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The gallery is on the quay and only a few minutes pleasant walk from the Museum of New Zealand. The current exhibition of portraits by 'The Group' are well worth a visit and worthy of considerable appreciation. The gallery is small so the exhibits are not likely to be extensive, but if all their exhibitions are as good as this... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing art. It was raining today so I went and saw some of wellingtons art galleries and this was one of my favourites. It was small but had so many amazing paintings from many different artists and also had small blurbs about the history of both the artists displayed and there paintings

Thank Holleylolliepop
Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The gallery focuses on a group of artists from the mid 1900s out of Christchurch and the portraits they made of each other. It was interesting to see them through their own eyes (self portraits) and the eyes of their contemporaries.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

This gallery currently has an exhibit of about 75 portraits of and by members of "the group," some artists from Christchurch. Very interesting, free, and not overwhelming. Worth a visit.

Thank PrinceConsort
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

We were walking past the portrait gallery and decided to go and have a look to get out of the wind. It was free to enter and fairly small with 50 or so portraits by local artists, many of them were repeats of the same people. It was interesting and well laid out and situated along the wharf front.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

The first thing to be aware of is that this gallery opens at 10.30am and closes at 4.30pm, so plan your visit carefully. The modern (2016) self portraits by contemporary Maori artists are stunning, but I would have liked to have seen the artists' iwi stated and more use of Te Reo. The historic portraits by "The Group" are interesting... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Visited the gallery in between xmas and new year 2016 while in Wellington for a holiday. Free entry. It's not very big so you can be in and out in under half an hour if you want. I saw the "Leo Bensemann & Friends: Portraiture and The Group" exhibition. Just lovely.

Thank Glenda W
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

We're not really portrait people but we're art lovers and were curious. And it was free so in we went. The gallery does a great job of supporting the art with information about the show and each individual piece which made it more interesting to us then it would have been without that.

Thank Monique I
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely to break up a walk on the waterfront and pop in to this gallery. It is free and has 2 travelling exhibitions and the Melvin Day static exhibition.

Thank Kate D

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