National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

(4.6/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web)
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. Using our world travel planner, Melbourne attractions like National Gallery of Victoria can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I was lucky, the Gallery was having one of its free days. It has a great collection and frequent special exhibits.  more »
  • The National Victoria Gallery offers a big variety of different arts: paintings, sculptures, photography, collection objects... All of them from a wide range of origins and times. The building itself ...  more »
  • I love this place, as i often visit with my wife and children . A great place for children to explore and learn, so much on often. You can easily spend a whole day wondering around the venue, great wa...  more »
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  • One of the best art galleries in Australia. A great permanent collection, which is usually almost empty of visitors, plus some stellar travelling exhibitions and even some that they curate themselves. For those visiting with families there is usually a free, and very good, kid's activity section attached to each touring exhibition. There's also a playground out the back and plenty of room for smaller people to run off their energy as the more mature go and stare at the walls. The cafe is reasonable, if a little expensive, and often runs out of main meals late lunchtime. The shop is the usual international art gallery format with some local jewellery and a good selection of books.
  • Great spot to stop. Most of its free which is nice. Who doesn't love culture...??? Tops wee garden to chill in and enjoy some lunch as you digest the mornings artworks. Pack your own lunch. The cafe is pretty limited, bad coffee, average food and the cafe as a whole is really noisy. Really pointless gift shop too. Just full of junk you'll end up seeing on EBay in no doubt, the not to distant future. Aside from this. Pretty chilled out place with some narly art stuffs...
  • Astonishing beautiful building, very functional still magnificent. When it comes to the collections I must admit that I didn't really enjoy how they were set up. They seemed a bit loosely connected and the curators might have a strange love for porcelain and vases.
  • Very impressive museum. Eye catching galleries. Gift shop has everything and anything seasonal (with the exhibitions). Worth checking out.
  • Love the La Trobe reading room. It gets noisy from 2pm though. If you want quiet get there before then or there are other rooms that dedicated quiet areas