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National Gallery of Victoria

180 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 8004, Australia (Southbank)
61 3 8620 2222
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As featured in 3 days in Melbourne
Ranked #7 of 207 attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Description: Opened in 1861, this is Australia's oldest art gallery.
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Sippy Downs, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This incredible exhibition from the Prado in Spain was just beautiful, the paintings were awe inspiring, we are so privileged to have seen this art, this is the only time the paintings have been seen outside of Europe, well done National Gallery of Vitoria.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The Italian Masters was excellent although was lacking any Da Vinci. The rest of the in house gallery was quite small though and I was done in less than an hour. It's Free though so definitely go, totally worth it if visiting Melbourne.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The NGV is minutes away from Flinders street station / federation square. There are both permanent exhibitions and temporary ones. There is always something going on for kids. I take my. 7 year old just to loll around in the main lobby, and she loves to draw. They also run holiday programs for kids. So if you are visiting in... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

WE come back time and time again. It is small by international standards, but we find it intimate and charming. There are some lovely pieces in the permanent gallery, the Egyptian gallery is good and there are always interesting exhibitions. IF you have a family, enjoy the constantly changing Kid's Space and be sure to check out the garden.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Every time I return to Australia I make a point of viewing 3 paintings: The Pioneers, Shearing the Rams, and Lord of the Bush. I have to also enjoy other works because I have to walk to the three icons :-) Thus, I am slowly getting exposed to more incredible works. The excellent bookstore is worth visiting.

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The Italian Masterpieces exhibition is brilliant and the online material, to follow up on, is most appreciated.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The brilliant artists on display reinforced that this kind of art must be preserved and displayed for as many people as possible. Our modern artists, with some of them quite brilliant, can never evoke the drama and sense of place which were provided by these Italian Masters. Their knowledge of anatomy is breathtaking.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The Italian masterpiece exhibition was just brillant! It was easy access and at $26 per adult at very reasonable price for the experience.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Magnificent. The NGVs yearly blockbuster doesn't disappoint and is well worth a trip to Melbourne each winter. The layout is perfect and the audio is one of the best I've used in a long time. Plenty of seating to sit quietly and enjoy the wonderful pieces - Raphael, Caravaggio and a tiny Michelangelo sketch plus so much more. We were... More

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I particularly loved the big hall with the stained glass. When the light hit it, it was absolutely spectacular. I laid there (it's true!) and soaked in the colours and peaceful quite.

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