Toulouse-Lautrec was born in 1864, and died at just 36. His works are famous not just for their style, but for their ability to capture the culture and life of Paris in the 19th century.
The exhibition covers Lautrec's Early Years through to the Cabaret Culture and the Final Years. This is the first time a retrospective of Tolouse-Lautrec's work has been seen in Australia, and it is only available at the National Gallery in Canberra. You can see samples of Lautrec's work online, but it can't compare to seeing them up close.
Tickets for the exhibition start at $6 for children, and regular tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for concessions. It is a timed exhibition, with tickets available every hour from 10am. While it means you'll have to plan in advance when you'll be showing up, it also minimises queues and means you're less likely to need to battle through a sea of people just to see a painting. The rest of the gallery is free, so once you have finished with the exhibition you can take your time browsing all the other works in the National Gallery.
While the world of the Moulin Rouge might not have been the best place for children, they'll definitely enjoy the exhibition. There's a special family room filled with activities for children. They can design a poster, or create a silhouette for the shadow theatre. There are even special audio tours for children to make sure they get the most out of the exhibition. The room is designed for children 3-12 and is open from 10:15am-2:45pm Monday to Friday, and from 10:15am-4:45pm Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays.