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 took a friend from Canberra to this exhibition, during her stay in October 2017. Absolutely stunning range of gowns and 'creations'!! Two hours could have easily 'disappeared' discovering this exten...  more »
  • The National Gallery is a beautiful space to wander and see an Exhibition should one be on, I love the gardens at the back and the restaurant serve quality meals!  more »
  • Fabulous display from House of Dior.The NGV staff know how to put these exhibitions together .For future showings book tickets on line to save waiting in a queue.Lunch upstairs was enjoyable and not e...  more »
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  • This is one of the must dispiriting art galleries I've ever visited. The permanent exhibits were for the most part eclectic, and overall rather sparse. There didn't seem a point or narrative to the exhibitions, in most cases. One novel and good feature is that far from being only an art gallery, most of the exhibits double up as a museum of the history of design. A side effect of this is that some of the art is placed in a little bit of context with some furniture - a little closer to how it might have been exhibited at first. The other surprise was that I didn't see any examples at all of Australian art - either from European settlers or from the First Australian community. That's a disappointment.
  • Went to the Dior exhibition. Ticketing queue moved fairly quickly, not too crowded so easy to stop and look at everything. Very enjoyable couple of hours
  • Focuses on Asian art, which is great if you're interested in that kind of thing. The building is pretty amazing but the layout of the exhibitions isn't great, and the lighting on the art was pretty good for the most part. I'm primarily interested in photography and the only photography exhibit on when I visited was awful. I noticed a door for the department of photography but it's by appointment only and I couldn't get one during my brief visit to Melbourne.
  • i am always in awe of the beautiful paintings & other art works at the gallery. i visit about once a month & there is always something interesting to view. thank you for your great work. Mureen Mills
  • The permanent collection at the NGV is surprisingly poor and presented in a dull and dispirited way. Staff are often snobbish and unhelpful making the whole experience quite underwhelming. Queues for temporary exhibitions can be very long and when you finally get inside it is overcrowded and hard to see the works through a sea of phones. However, at the current Dior exhibition it feels as if someone has considered the crowds and has put a lot of though into designing the exhibition space. I was able to enjoy the exhibition at a leisurely pace and use various viewing areas to engage with the works. At no time did I feel pressed in by the crowd. More of this please NGV.

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