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New Zealand Portrait Gallery

11 Customhouse Quay, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-472 2298
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Closed and waved off with a shrug!

Went out of our way to visit. Website looked great and reflected that it was open. Trudged across... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wayne G
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Sydney, Australia
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Has potential, but under restoration

This was the second time I have visited the gallery in as many years and the place was still under... read more

Reviewed June 14, 2018
TeamIan
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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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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Hours Today: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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11 Customhouse Quay, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
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+64 4-472 2298
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went out of our way to visit. Website looked great and reflected that it was open. Trudged across Wellington and went in. Staff just looked down, no hello, no anything. Eventually confronted by yellow crime scene tape. Woke the front desk person up to enquire...More

Thank Wayne G
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Reviewed June 14, 2018

This was the second time I have visited the gallery in as many years and the place was still under construction and therefore couldn't offer much in the way of art. They did have a small collection of photography on display though - most of...More

Thank TeamIan
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Reviewed May 18, 2018

Came across the gallery while walking around the wharf and harbour areas. Entry is free but the paintings were well spread out in the single storey building and to be honest we were not impressed with many of them. Spent about 20 minutes looking round.

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Reviewed May 1, 2018

Popped into this free gallery (donations appreciated) to see what it had to offer. We were impressed with the amazing artwork in this simply set up space. There is a small gift shop and clean washrooms. The location, in the dock area in and old...More

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Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

.....if you are interested in modern art. The Gallery is predominately populated with entries for the Nation’s portrait prize. There are some interesting pieces amongst the entrants. Entry is free. The space inside is barn like. Part of a nice stroll along the waterfront.

Thank Stephen J
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

It is a building that houses the entrants in the national portrait prize. That's good as you get to look at them. It could be done in a big box for all that it matters. At least it's in a central spot. That's a good...More

Thank Bruce M
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Reviewed February 10, 2018

The range of subjects was imited but some of the portraits were excellent. Others were somewhat amateur in my opinion. This is a pretty quick visit for most people I would assume.

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Reviewed January 16, 2018

Don't expect to find this charming old building in Queen's Wharf to be full of paintings of long dead New Zealanders. When we visited, it had some contemporary paintings of artists with examples of their work (e.g. recordings) and an exhibition of the work of...More

Thank Ann T
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Reviewed October 22, 2017

Great way to spend an hour or so if you love art. The exhibition we saw was focused on caricatures so there were some fascinating stories to read while looking through the the gallery. Some topical images of political figures as well given the recent...More

Thank M0j3
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Reviewed September 17, 2017

We popped in here while walking around the Queen's Wharf area. The current exhibit was only mildly interesting to us. BUT, this is in a great location and since it's free, it's worth a peek each time the exhibits change.

Thank drjandthemissus
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