National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

4.7
#3 of 309 in Museums in Victoria
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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  • The theater was beautiful, however saw a lady struggling with the stairs to get to her seat but that could have been her daughters fault for not organizing properly. Nice lunch in cafe / restaurant at...  more »
  • Visiting NGV is always a good experience... The building is wonderful, they have a big and famous exhibiton (now it’s Escher x Nendo) but also free exhibitions and a good coffee place.  more »
  • We took our three young children to the NGV and we had the most wonderful time. This venue is family friendly with beautiful, playful gardens, family friendly exhibits and a great store to grab a keep...  more »
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  • NGV has really upped their game in the last few years. I am visiting on a regular basis the countless exhibition they hold throughout the year. The crowds are usually busy but that's a testament to the quality exhibitions. Recommend planning your visits to avoid crowds - weekdays are good. This gallery really is the heartbeat of Melbourne as a cultural city. Well done! Looking into a membership as I'm there so often.
  • Beautiful gallery! Plenty of modern as well as classic installations on display. Could have easily spent a solid 3 hours in here if you were to explore all the floors. Would have loved to have gone to the Escher x Nendo exhibit but the total wait was over an hour on the weekend that we went (we tried both Friday and Saturday), so I would recommend going quite early to avoid disappointment.
  • The security guards should monitor children running around and making noise in the main gallery! And they were not in the kids section either. One of them was even touching the painting. Once a peaceful place has now turned into a market. There is a lack of respect in keeping the National Art Gallery a quiet space.
  • Just a pity I did not have more time to spend there. Spent the morning at the International and would have been lucky to have seen half of the exhibits. Very easy to lose yourself within the galleries, strongly recommend using a plan to help navigate the place if you have limited time and want to see as much as possible. If time isn't an issue the salon is definitely a place to get lost in.
  • It is big building with several levels. Functional space but lacking character. There is nice outside area but also can be better and bigger for city of this size. Nice exhibitions and again very poor management and one has to wait for up to 2 hours in the line to get in.
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