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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We went to the Picasso Exhibition which is on at the moment. Absolutely fabulous, we enjoyed our time there and wandering around outside thew gallery as well.
We went to the Picasso Exhibition which is on at the moment. Absolutely fabulous, we enjoyed our time there and wandering around outside thew gallery as well. more »
A must-see for art lovers since it's Australia's oldest and most famous public art museum. The NGV Collection contains approximately 70,000 works of art spanning thousands of years, from the art of.... more
A must-see for art lovers since it's Australia's oldest and most famous public art museum. The NGV Collection contains approximately 70,000 works of art spanning thousands of years, from the art of.... more »
One of the coolest FREE art galleries I have ever been to. Huge fan of the giant red room of paintings. It was glorious. Really loved this place. The information desk gentleman was also so patient and competent. He suggested starting at the top floor with contemporary art and moving downstairs as things get more ancient. I was a huge fan of the queer artists feature they had at the top floor. There was an amazing dance video with shiny curtains and the whole choreography was played backwards symbolizing how regressive our society is. Although I do identify as queer, anyone can appreciate how empowering it is to bring to light the struggles and voices of queer artists. Anyways, my favorite floor was the European painting floor. THE SHEEP SURROUNDED BY CROWS. Brilliant. I love art.
If you love art, this is a must visit. You can spend hours and hours, probably a whole day learning about different artists and appreciating their works. I've always enjoyed my experience. There's a nice garden area, a cafeteria and a design store. Keep an eye out for special events like Triennial Extra which have live performances too - highly recommended!
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