National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
(4.6/5 based on 3,000+ 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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  • The national gallery has the most extensive collection of both European and local art and is well worth a visit. Liberally endowed in the late 1800s the collection is first class. 
  • My 5 year old daughter and a spent half the day exploring the NVG - there's so much to see and to do. Luckily for us the Viktor & Rolf exhibition was on while we were there and there was a wonderful a...  more »
  • We went for a very quick visit on our last morning in Melbourne and wished that we'd had longer to spend there. We especially enjoyed the wonderful wooden representations of mythical creatures. 
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  • Amazing, beautifully curated and completely free, except the exhibition on Degas which is well worth seeing (if you do, get a free guided tour, the guides are amazing and extremely knowledgeable) and remember they accept student is from around the world for cheaper tickets. The galleries upstairs, particularly the modern Galleries are very worth taking a look at
  • It is really a great place to spend a leisure morning or afternoon to explore arts and culture from all over the world. It has a great collection of arts. Very nice environment. When I was there last week it has a special gallery for younger children - called Fake Food Park. The children seemed to like it. Best of all - it is a FREE museum - except if one intend to visit their special exhibition at that time. After the museum, one can enjoy a stroll at the Queen Victoria Gardens which is right opposite the museum.
  • Calm, quiet, and professional are some words I'd use. Loved walking around and viewing the large selection of art available to see. From modern, Victorian, and tribal they have your art craving covered.
  • Allow 3+ hours or more if you can to visit this attraction on Sk Kilda Road in Melbourne. Parking is below. Fabulous art work. Place also has a book shop and cafe and restaurant.
  • It's just great. You can spend here at least one hour, but two is better. Free and cool.