When visiting the capital of Australia you can't miss Canberra exhibitions. They are are a strong attraction and there are plenty of them.
Almost every museum houses themed exhibitions based on their own collections.
They reveal various ideas, aspects or concepts which would otherwise go unnoticed by a visitor wandering through the halls of the museum.
From time to time international exhibitions land in Canberra, with works of art from the great collections of famous world museums.
Whether you go to the National Gallery of Australia, or National Portrait Gallery, or National Museum of Australia , or any other Canberra art gallery you will definitely find an exhibition worthy to visit.
The exhibitions are there for a short time only, and change often, so go to the website of all the museums and see what is on.
The Masterpieces from Paris that was on at the beginning of 2010, boosted Canberra tourism in the summer. It is considered to have been the greatest collection of French art visiting Australia.
This was a collection on loan from the Musee d'Orsay, displayed at the National Gallery Canberra.
It included works of Monet, Degas, Cezanne, van Gogh, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin and many other big names of impressionism, pointillism or symbolism.
When visiting such great exhibits it is better to go early in the morning.
We went there before the 10 a.m. opening time and saw 2 huge lines: one for those who booked tickets in advance and the other for those who didn't.
The better organised visitors, who had their tickets, just went through when the doors opened. The rest of us had to cue again, inside, at the box office.
The National Gallery of Australia has a commitment to display exhibitions that pull together some of the most famous international artists. Here are some examples:
So it is really worth visiting the capital of Australia. Culture is a great component of Canberra tourist attractions.