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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  • I just can’t describe how good this gallery was. Not just the art, which I’ll get to in a minute. But everything else that went with it. 1.clean toilets 2.friendly staff 3.nice cafe which wasn’t...  more »
  • I visited the NGV last summer and I honestly loved it. The whole gallery is completely free and has a lot to offer! I visited both buildings, the Australian and the International. I spend two days in....  more »
  • We travelled to Melbourne to see the current Winter Masterpiece exhibit. My husband is very clearly disabled and in a wheelchair. He requires two staff members at all times and a trolley full of...  more »
  • Really enjoy exploring the gallery and seeing the new exhibits. Although some exhibits you have to pay to enter, most of the facility is free. The staff are always helpful if you are polite and the food is lovely at the general restaurant on the ground floor. They also cater for children in the gallery exhibits. There's a few interactive kids-oriented exhibits each time we go and our 6 year old really enjoys spending a few hours here. The food here is generally very good (and priced accordingly) but bear in mind the menu isn't aimed at kids but there are some options so if you have a picky eater, you may struggle here.
  • Very extensive collection of artworks. One of the best in Australia. I really enjoyed the Chinese progression of art over time. Another interesting part is the Egyptian and Mesopotamian. The best part is that there is only one or two exhibitions that are paid. The majority is free so this a good place for people on a budget. They also have a large area the back of the museum dedicated for kids play area that is very peaceful. Overall would visit again
  • Really good, interesting and well curated exhibitions. Neat little cafe. Good parking space. Beautiful location which backs onto park land which goes down to a shady and exotic walk in botanical gardens with seating available. You can also take a path through from gardens to a Chinese temple precinct if desired.
  • World class art gallery. Constantly changing exhibitions from around the world as well as showcasing the best of Australian classic and contemporary art. Just across the river from the city of Melbourne. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and the riverside precinct which is full of great dining and wining if the food at the galleries own restaurant or Cafe wasn't satisfying enough for you.
  • Awesome gallery, staff are super friendly and the space is beautiful. Highly recommend getting a beer in the Garden Restaurant which is a bit fancy but we just sat out in the garden which was lovely. We came from Brisbane to see the Kaws show. Really well structured just a shame the larger sculptures were limited but probably due to space. Otherwise very cool installation including the kids area at the end which is great for both kids and adults - at least we had a lot of fun. Easily became one of my favourite galleries in the world just from this visit.

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