Kids + families
Tips for a great family visit
A trip to the NGA is a great way for families to engage with the national collection and enjoy a comfortable and inspiring environment. Below is some information to help you plan a fun and memorable visit to the NGA with children.
Check out what’s onWhile you’re browsing our website also look at the exhibition pages to learn about the art on display and the What’s on calendar to discover upcoming family events.
Talk together before arriving
At home or on your way here, have a chat about what everyone would like to get out of their trip to the NGA and what kinds of things you might see or experience.
Talk about how to behave in a gallery space
- Look but never touch: holding hands with young children is a great way to keep them close.
- Walking (not running) is the best way to make sure you don’t miss anything.
- Have fun and respect other visitors.
Looking at art with kids
- Talk about what you are seeing and feeling when you look at works of art on display. What do you like or find challenging? See if you can identify what works are made of or how they have been created.
- Make sure that everyone gets to look at something they find personally significant or intriguing.
- Talk, laugh and sing to your heart’s content! This is a place to inspire a creative response so have fun.
- Photos are a great way to remember your visit.
Say ‘hi’ – we would like to meet you
Say ‘hi’ to our friendly visitor services staff at the front desk when you arrive. They have maps and can help you find works of art that you want to see, suggest activities to do and direct you to where the café is when it’s break time.
We also have visitor services people around to help: look for the friendly staff in red t-shirts. They can help with just about anything you may need to know.
Our cloak room near the main entrance is the place to drop off your bags. They even have strollers to borrow for free.
You can get easy pram access to all public areas of the NGA by lifts, escalators or walkway ramps. Strollers are available at the cloakroom for use only within the NGA.
There is a parents/carers room on Level 1 near the James O Fairfax Theatre with comfortable seating, a privacy screen for breastfeeding, microwave, baby change table, nappy disposal and toilet facilities. There is also a parents/carers room near the cloakroom on Level G with a baby change table and toilets, including a junior toilet.
Breastfeeding and infant bottle-feeding can take place anywhere at the NGA. If you prefer, you can use the parents/carers room on Level 1. Infant formula cannot be mixed in galleries but can be made up in the parents/carers room. The NGA is an accredited Breast Feeding Friendly Workplace with the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
Food + drink
Small snacks and bottled drinks are ok to have in NGA play. For anything more we recommend the NGA café where you can purchase food and drinks or consume your own. You can drink bottled water either sitting or standing in any of the foyer areas. In all other galleries please help us look after the art by not eating or drinking.
Our security guards are located in most gallery spaces. They are here to protect the works of art on display and can assist you with how best to move around. If in doubt just ask, they can help.
Don’t miss the Sculpture Garden
The Sculpture Garden is a great place to include in your gallery experience. Bring a picnic or go on an adventure and discover the dozens of spectacular sculptures and native flora and fauna. Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin at the northern side of the NGA, the Sculpture Garden can be accessed via the escalators on Level 1 or via a short outside walk along Parkes Place on the western side of the building.
It’s your NGA
The NGA is for everyone. We are open every day except Christmas Day and you are always welcome to visit as often as you like. Explore, discover and enjoy your time with us. Spend the whole day or pop in for a short visit, you’ll see something new each time you visit.
Share and inspire
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