National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

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National Gallery of Victoria offers a great lesson in Australian cultural identity. Founded in 1861, the country's oldest public art museum has a vast collection of Australian Aboriginal, colonial, Impressionist, modern, and contemporary art. There's also an international collection, which displays ancient and modern work by artists from around the globe, including Picasso, Rembrandt, and Degas. Make sure you leave time to see some of the 15,000 snapshots in the museum's photo collection. Also check out what the rotating exhibitions are while you're in town. To visit National Gallery of Victoria and other attractions in Melbourne, use our Melbourne trip itinerary planner .
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  • Free Museum next to Flinders Station. They have a permanent exhibition about inglesa-australiana history and then a very interesting time.
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  • Multiple floors with a variety of art including the old masters, modern art, sculpture and rolling exhibitions. A great asset for Melbourne. Market outside here on the weekend.  more »
  • Location Walking distance within the city centre. Experience I am not into much of art but history yes, so visited the place on suggestion of a friend. The entrance is free of cost. It's has 3 floor e...  more »
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  • Main gallery exhibitions are free to all.... Amazing selection of art... Adore the stain glass ceiling area... They provide cushions and seats to lie on to look up at it... Providing an excellent opportunity to meditate and relax... They have put a lot of thought into the children's area... Giving them a fantastic opportunity to get to know art in an interactive way... My only criticism is that they have moved the Australian artists to a different venue, but at least they have kept the water wall on the way in.... Fond memories from childhood, and doesn't disappoint as an adult
  • A really great gallery. It has an impressive collection, and often has world class special exhibitions, which tend to be extremely popular. The gallery itself is well laid out. It is well served by public transport, and is in the arts precinct of Melbourne and close to many other attractions, including the Botanical Gardens. It had three good options for food to make it a complete experience, or you can dine at the outdoor eating places right next door.
  • Lreqlly great gallery if there are exhibitions going on. Their set gallery is interesting but I wouldn't say it's anything special. But, if they have installations going on then I would definitely say it's worth checking out. The past exhibitions they had have all been really cool and created. I would definitely recommend if they have something going on. I will say that if there are exhibitions going on, it's definitely going to be crowded in the morning. I would suggested either going earlier to avoid crowds or at least preparing for lots of people.
  • Fantastic artwork. But the school curriculum and education tours of the gallery are not that great. They need to develop a neutral political perspective instead of pushing for their own individual beliefs. For the multiple hours my class went, we sadly only looked at three pieces of artwork, I actually left the group at one stage to actually see the artwork myself, from that stage onwards did I enjoy myself in seeing the fantastic artwork the gallery has to offer.
  • Melbourne attraction which should not be missed if you are visiting this fantastic city! I am a local and visited this place numerous times. They change themes very quickly so it always feels as if you are visiting for the first time. Great place to spend couple of hours.
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