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. Using our world travel planner, Melbourne attractions like National Gallery of Victoria can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Great exhibition , wonderful set up a good number of the artists works on display and a great venue to visit  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Really nice collection, it is small and doable in 4-5 hours. I like their collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We went to the NGV for the Hokusai exhibition. It was thoroughly enjoyable and a great way to spend an entire morning or afternoon. There were heaps to see and it was just so fascinating. Great works ...  more »
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  • Its so exciting seeing painting by the most popular artist of all time. Wow! Having an excellent coffe outside the Great Hall i look up and see a fabulous Rodin giant bronze statue beside me. What a great place.
  • One of the best art galleries in Australia. A great permanent collection, which is usually almost empty of visitors, plus some stellar travelling exhibitions and even some that they curate themselves. For those visiting with families there is usually a free, and very good, kid's activity section attached to each touring exhibition. There's also a playground out the back and plenty of room for smaller people to run off their energy as the more mature go and stare at the walls. The cafe is reasonable, if a little expensive, and often runs out of main meals late lunchtime. The shop is the usual international art gallery format with some local jewellery and a good selection of books.
  • Fortunate enough to see the Van Gogh exhibition. Well worth seeing but very crowded. We pre-bought our tickets online which alleviated any lining up and allowed us immediate access. A beautiful exhibition. Photos allowed. Try early in the day maybe less crowded.
  • Best collection of European Art on display in Australia. Beats Sydney and Canberra galleries hands down. Never that busy either so you get to appreciate some great works all to yourself!
  • Visited for the Van Gogh winter masterpieces exhibition. Ample parking and always a great visit. Could use a little more in the way of internal directional signs, or even just larger signs, in amongst the crowds they are really hard to see

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