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National Gallery of Victoria

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Neighborhood: Southbank
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Address: 180 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 8004, Australia
Phone Number: 61 3 8620 2222
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Description: Opened in 1861, this is Australia's oldest art gallery.

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Every time we go to Melbourne there is always a new exhibition to see at the Gallery. Love using the audio guides.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I live in Melbourne but being only 17y/o surburban girl, I don't get out to the city much. My friend and I decided to spontaneously go to the city and we ended here. It was kinda boring but cool to take in the culture/art

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Every time we go to Melbourne there is always a new exhibition to see at the Gallery. Love using the audio guides.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This gallery has a solid variety of exhibitions which cater to a wide audience. This makes for a rewarding experience when traipsing around as you know you will find something to suit your taste. It is free as well which is always a bonus.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

You really need several hours to do the Gallery justice. We spent time on the bottom floor especially the Pre-Raphaelite Exhibition. We could have spent much more time there and would definitely return if back in Melbourne.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The original NGV complete with a water wall has an extensive historical collection and very good special exhibits. Two that I have seen there - the Jean Paul Gautier exhibition and the Chinese Exhibition - have both been very well curated and worth second visits. At Federation Square, in the Ian Potter Museum, the 19th and 20th C galleries are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The NGV is housed in a beautiful building that itself is worth visiting for its architecture and beautiful modern stained glass. Don't forget to check out the quiet sculpture garden behind the building. The winter-time "blockbuster" exhibitions are always a great draw, but the permanent collection is worth several visits. The Gallery has an excellent collection of Australian Impressionist paintings.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

If you have a bit of time and it is cold outside, go to this museum, there's plenty of different things to see. European art (religious icons mostly), asian, chinese and japanese wings are really impressive. There are some impressionnists and realism arts too! All of this for free!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We wanted to see the largest stained glass ceiling at the Gallery and really could not find any other cool exhibits to check out. Really disappointing since it looks so neat from the outside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The building alone is of interest and the art has a wide range. While not all of the collection may be of interest for all, it is entertaining. As with much art in Australia, there is no entrance fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This special exhibition lived up to the promotion. I can see why people are coming from Beijing to see what is not on display locally there. The colours, materials, intricate designs of the costumes of 1700's are truly magnificent! Similarly the paintings. We were pleased we made the "effort" to see the exhibition while visiting Melbourne - it really is... More 

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