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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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Ranked #6 of 158 Attractions in Melbourne
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Opened in 1861, this is Australia's oldest art gallery.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The set up of the rooms with not only paintings from the era but sculpture, furniture and clothing made this very accessible for people who are not acquainted with art history

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

A friend & I visited the National Gallery to check out the architecture of the building and also to view the Indigenous artists display. Very spacious and well displayed pieces. We wandered around this rather spectacular building. Of course the gift shop is always a must and didn't disappoint with a well thought out range of products. Service was superb!... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Once a year I play tourist in Melbourne. I visit the lane ways and the National Gallery is a must whether there is an exhibition or not. It is a beautiful space and although can be quite busy it is peaceful. I love to simple meander and enjoy the beauty .

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Not the best thing we have seen in Melbourne! If you are only visiting Melbourne once, I would not recommend you to go for this though! Personally, there are some other better places to visit instead of this one! But overall it is still alright!

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

I was in Melbourne for the day and went here to get out of the heat. I was surprised at the quality and range of the exhibits. From ancient Mayan and Egyptian artifacts to painting by renaissance masters. It was very impressive and should not be missed if you are in Melbourne.

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Amazing exhibition at the always interesting NGV. Fabulous fashion, such an amazing collection to see and a surprise extra was the actual mannequins smiling and having me (and everyone else) watching spellbound (to make sure they definitely weren't real people) as they sang, spoke and flirted with the audience. Worthwhile the $22 cost to be able to look close-up at... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

I went to the NGV especially to see the Gaultier exhibition, and what a superb show it is. Many of the edgy designs are shown on shop mannequins, but with a twist - they talk! Realistic faces have moving mouths and eyes that seem to follow you around the gallery. The most remarkable mannequin was of Gaultier himself who talked... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Always worth a one-day visit when in Melbourne. Never fails to provide a great array of special events and new exhibitions, Australian artist retrospectives as well as international masters. As with your other reviewers, I say "highly recommended".

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Hong Kong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Best place in Melbourne to see (international) art. They got sculptures and paintings from 14th till 20th century, some even from wellknown artists. If we were not in a hurry, we could spend at least several hours admiring the art pieces. The general gallery is free, while certain exhibition requires an entry fee. Funny story: a guard even approached us... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Beautiful and plentiful permanent (for free!) collections as well as excellent calender of events throughout the year. Highly recommend the atmosphere for everyone and all ages - includes many children's activities or even relaxing coffee in the NGV members lounge.

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