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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  • We went to the Picasso Exhibition which is on at the moment. Absolutely fabulous, we enjoyed our time there and wandering around outside thew gallery as well. 
    We went to the Picasso Exhibition which is on at the moment. Absolutely fabulous, we enjoyed our time there and wandering around outside thew gallery as well.  more »
  • A must-see for art lovers since it's Australia's oldest and most famous public art museum. The NGV Collection contains approximately 70,000 works of art spanning thousands of years, from the art of....  more
    A must-see for art lovers since it's Australia's oldest and most famous public art museum. The NGV Collection contains approximately 70,000 works of art spanning thousands of years, from the art of....  more »
  • Though it is a $30 entry fee to see the Picasso Exhibition - Melbourne's Winter Masterpiece show piece - it was well worth the money. Often we have found when overseas exhibitions come to Australia... 
    Though it is a $30 entry fee to see the Picasso Exhibition - Melbourne's Winter Masterpiece show piece - it was well worth the money. Often we have found when overseas exhibitions come to Australia...  more »
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  • One of the coolest FREE art galleries I have ever been to. Huge fan of the giant red room of paintings. It was glorious. Really loved this place. The information desk gentleman was also so patient and competent. He suggested starting at the top floor with contemporary art and moving downstairs as things get more ancient. I was a huge fan of the queer artists feature they had at the top floor. There was an amazing dance video with shiny curtains and the whole choreography was played backwards symbolizing how regressive our society is. Although I do identify as queer, anyone can appreciate how empowering it is to bring to light the struggles and voices of queer artists. Anyways, my favorite floor was the European painting floor. THE SHEEP SURROUNDED BY CROWS. Brilliant. I love art.
  • If you love art, this is a must visit. You can spend hours and hours, probably a whole day learning about different artists and appreciating their works. I've always enjoyed my experience. There's a nice garden area, a cafeteria and a design store. Keep an eye out for special events like Triennial Extra which have live performances too - highly recommended!
  • Great experience! They have free entry for quite a few exhibits so you can go on a budget but they do have some that you need to pay for. It's a great way to experience some art on display, there are sections that are interactive such as the pink pool behind the building and then inside there is no touching the art. Staff are super friendly, and helpful. In case you take a big bag and dont want to carry it around, the cloak room is free.
  • As far as Museums go, its one of the better ones in Melbourne. Compared to others around Australia its right around the middle in terms of enjoyment. The constant jubilees and events add freshness to the museum, I personally think if you've been once or twice its more than enough. There are not any incredible exhibits or activities but that isn't a fault, it's just an observation of quality. For a free museum experience (not including some events and the cafe's) it is pretty good. Avoid the gift shop at all costs unless you are in fact, a billionaire.
  • Terrific wonderful gallery showcasting hundreds of prestigious artists' outstanding works! Its a place you won't want to miss out! So much "wow" factors you just feeling amazing and uplifting! A gallery for all ages! Oh, their cafeteria and high tea are very classy too! I'm so proud of Victoria having such world-class quality gallery and its free for all to enjoy! Please take some food or tea or drinks there just to give some support 😍❤❤👍👍👏👏🎈🎈🌍🌎🌏🎉🎉

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