National Gallery of Australia

Parkes Place East, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, 2600, Australia


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Weddings at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra

A bespoke wedding at the National Gallery offers timeless sophistication amid art-infused elegance. Celebrate your special day in Australia’s capital, surrounded by the National Gallery’s spectacular gardens, iconic Brutalist architecture, and Australia’s most prized art collection. 

Weddings at the National Gallery are exclusively catered by Trippas White Group, renowned for their work with prestigious venues worldwide, offering outstanding cuisine and impeccable service. The dedicated events team and in-house wedding coordinator  at NGA will collaborate with top-tier suppliers to tailor a wedding that truly reflects your style.

National Gallery of Australia in Canberra highlights:

  • Outdoor spaces available for ceremonies
  • Wet weather back up ceremony location available
  • Reception in function hall features tall windows and tall ceilings with natural light
  • Ceremony-only option
  • In-house catering provided by award-winning Trippas White Group

Wedding ceremonies at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to the spaces in which to say your vows. Choose from four settings: The Grassy Knoll, Virginia, Angel of the North, and The Cones. Accommodating from 80 up to 200 guests, you and your loved ones will be surrounded by the natural Australian bush, making for a picturesque wedding postcard. Wet weather backup plan is also included.

Wedding receptions at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra

Nothing short of spectacular, the National Gallery of Australia is exactly what you’d expect for your wedding reception. The venue offers three distinct spaces for you to choose from, based on capacity of guests. Select Gandel Hall for up to 300 guests seated or 900 cocktail-style; the Sculpture Garden Pavilion for an intimate reception for 80 guests seated or 120 cocktail; and the Dining Room for up to 135 guests seated or 200 guests cocktail-style. Each space offers a timeless and elegant setting, whether outdoors or indoors.

Wedding Photography near the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra

Some of the most popular wedding photography locations near the NGA are:

  • Amongst the picturesque lawns
  • The Sculpture Garden
  • James Turrell “Within Without” Skyspace
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Wedding Venue Details

Wedding Services Ceremony & Reception
Ceremony Only
Reception Only
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony Cost



Accommodation Onsite
Rooms Available N/A
Onsite Car Parking
Available Spaces 180

Spaces At This Venue

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    Gandel Hall

    The Hall’s floor-to-ceiling windows, red ironbark floors, and gold-leaf glass doors make a striking statement. The space opens onto an expansive terrace with views over the sculptures and landscaping of the Australia Gardens.

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    Sculpture Garden Pavilion

    Positioned with views over a misty landscape along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the Sculpture Garden Pavilion offers an ideal garden setting for intimate weddings during the warmer months.

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    Dining Room

    Host your evening event in the midst of the Gallery's exemplary brutalist architecture. Featuring high ceilings and scenic views of the garden, the Dining Room offers a timeless and elegant setting.

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  • Grassy Knoll

    Envision your wedding day in the great outdoors, sunlit or shaded by trees, against the iconic Sculpture Garden, Lake Burley Griffin, and the Carillon backdrop. This naturally splendid setting offers a picturesque scene for your wedding and a stunning bridal walk.

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  • Virginia

    Set against Clement Meadmore’s significant sculpture, Virginia, this lush area overlooks the Carillon and Lake Burley Griffin. It offers a stunning backdrop for both intimate and larger wedding ceremonies.

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    Angel of the North

    Home to a replica of Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North, this beautifully slated area offers views of the Carillon and Lake Burley Griffin. This tranquil natural setting is ideal for an intimate wedding ceremony.

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    The Cones

    Bert Flugelman’s iconic steel Cones, with their towering mirrored surfaces reflecting the sky and trees, captivate both children and adults. Host your ceremony in this extraordinary natural amphitheatre, surrounded by native Australian flora and the geometric allure of the Cones.

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Venue Testimonials

The NGA hosted our wedding ceremony in April. I was so impressed with the service, from the moment of our first enquiry, through all my difficult bride questions, to the day of. The gallery itself looks FANTASTIC in our pictures, and that alone would have impressed me even without the fantastic service. I could not fault anything, and highly recommend them to any couple looking for a unique and beautiful venue for their wedding.

Danni D

A beautiful building with gorgeous artwork and grounds. The staff are lovely and helpful. Good, clean facilities. I've also attended a wedding here which was stunning!

Tasnim G

Our daughter had her wedding reception in April and it was absolutely beautiful. The food and catering was outstanding as were the staff. Highly recommend The National Gallery of Australia.

Barb P

Frequently Asked Questions

Wedding packages start from $195 per person (minimum 80 guests) plus room hire will be additional cost (depending on the season), which starts from $5,000. Minimum spend on food and beverage applies based on the number of guests of which will be advised during proposal stage.

The capacity for events and weddings at the NGA are as follows: Standing Cocktail: 800, Banquet Dinner: 300, Dinner and Dance: 250, Theatre: 300, Cabaret: 224

Yes, Hyatt Hotel is within close proximity to the NGA for event and wedding guests.

Yes, there are up to 180 car parking spaces for guests attending any event at the NGA.

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