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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  • Loved it! Take your time and do BOTH NGVs. The Aussie section at fed square is v v good with lots of exhibitions but we were let down by The Pool exhibition which was not as advertised, nothing like w...  more »
  • Don’t miss it! Hundred maybe thousands of art pieces from many artist and period of time in Australia life, all free . You need few good relaxing hours to enjoy. A pleasure  more »
  • Don’t miss this - it’s a beautiful building with an extensive permanent collection. The Triennial will be on display until April 15. Make sure to visit the Guo Pei dazzling fashion display.  more »
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  • An eye catching welcome door with heaps of Instagramable spots. Responsive and great service from bags care. Go-pro stick are not allowed so you have to take it off if you have one. I came at peak season so I didn't have a relaxing wander. However, you still can enjoy it as the place is very clean and well maintained.
  • Absolutely beautiful place and great displays. Went during the Triennial and enjoyed the pieces. Only wished the path was more linear as I felt like I may have missed out on certain areas as I had to move to a different room leaving a path I may not get back to unless I backtrack completely. Otherwise a must visit
  • The National Gallery is a great place for families to visit. With changing exhibitions there’s always something for kids to experience in the great Hall, outdoors or within the gallery. Right now Triennial is a fantastic exhibit. Venue is wheelchair accessible.
  • I have just been to the Dior exhibition and it is fabulous. Wonderful designs, silhouettes, construction, fabrics, and just all over it is beautiful. I so wanted to get my hands on the fabric and just feel it, and to turn the garments inside out and see how they were made. The best alternative to that is really to get a hold of the DVD of Dior and I and watch that. Such a beautifully curated exhibition. The gallery itself is full of wonderful collections of lovely things. I adore the decorative arts section and the Asian art gallery is full of a small but exquisite collection of superb quality. Some of the European collection is great and other items are just period piece fillers. Overall it is definitely worth multiple visits. The shop however needs a definite stock improvement. Their books and catalogues on offer are excellent, BUT the other merchandise is poorly selected and overpriced. The selection of jewelry for sale is actually dreadful. Genuinely pedestrian and awful.
  • Even though it has become much more of a multi faceted commercial entertainment hub there are still times when I can have a peaceful wander. There are usually a couple of big and busy international exhibitions each year but I also look out for the smaller ones that get less PR noise but are outstanding.

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