The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne

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Showcasing exclusively Australian art, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia boasts nearly 25,000 pieces by both indigenous and non-indigenous authors from the Colonial period to contemporary times. Sir Ian Potter, a businessman and philanthropist, founded the center, which occupies a landmark building on Melbourne's major cultural square. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, drawings, fashion, textiles, and decorative arts are displayed across more than 20 galleries. Look for the iconic triptych "The Pioneer" by Frederick McCubbin. A modern cafe on the third floor offers views of the Yarra River. Put The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and other Melbourne attractions into our Melbourne travel route builder app, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We enjoyed this visit to The Ian Potter Centre. Free entry. Multi level exhibition with much variety. High quality art work which is well displayed. Cafe on the top level.  more »
  • The exhibition, She-oak and Sunlight, is a wonderful collection of some of our earlier artists’ finest work, and I would recommend a viewing. However, I am not sure that the NGV have mastered the...  more »
  • We visited specifically to see "She-oak & Sunlight" - the Australian Impressionists Exhibition & were pleased we did. There are many more paintings than we expected & most are of a high quality. We...  more »
  • Amazing museum. Lot of classic and modern Australian Aboriginal art. I spent there few hours because they have lot of very interesting expositions that I wanted to see on detail. People at the museum are very professional and polite and always available to help you. Very tidy and clean museum. It's for free (unless specific temporary expositions) and it's a must if you are visiting Melbourne ❤️
  • The Potter Gallery has most major Australian artists on display, from Nolan to Smart. The collections are rotated frequently, allowing many revisits. Contemporary artists can occasionally be confronting, and exhibitions are a mixed bag, and should be considered based on your tastes. The gallery itself is spacious, well lit, and has plenty of seating if your feet and or hips get a bit tired. There is also a cafe on the top floor, plus a gift shop on the ground floor. Highlyrecommended, and it's free 😁👍
  • A must to go see this Ian Potter Centre for contemporary Australian art. An impressive permanent collection and regular impressive exhibitions. Very impressive designed building and gallery spaces that represent individual artists, and Australian art in general, exceptionally well. If you can visit the Ian Potter Centre as well as the main National Gallery of Victoria location 10 minutes walk away, you're doing your Melbourne visit right.
  • Terrific Australian Art Gallery in Federation Square. Some wonderful examples of indigenous art - brilliant piece by Clifford Possum - worth the visit just to see it. Also loved the early colonial painters and the early Australian impressionists. Only had a couple of hours here sadly. Make sure you allow a good half day.
  • The exhibition was nothing to write home about. The curator cum warden was eagerly officious in instructing me NOT to open a drawer. When challenged about where is the sign his catch-all answer was "it's a condition of entry". There were no signs saying don't touch and no condition of entry T&C were available at reception. If you're going to justify your existence make sure you know what you're talking about, have the facts to hand - and attend a customer services trading module. Don't bother with this place.

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