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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 189 attractions in Melbourne
Type: Art Museums
Description: Opened in 1861, this is Australia's oldest art gallery.
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Mississauga, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Like many older museums the building has a modern addition and the blend of old and new was well done here. The Gallery has great collecitons in many areas, such as chinese porcelain, english silver and older master paintings. The best collection we saw in Australia and certainly world class in many areas.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I spent hours and hours wandering around this place and went several times in the month we spent in Melbourne. There were some amazing exhibits and I loved the electronic gamelan! I had really wanted to see the Ron Mueck sculpture they had in their collection but it wasn't on show. When I asked about it I was told I... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

To quote Molly Meldrum.... " Do yourself a favour " people ! if you have ever in your life spent a moment gazing at a painting in appreciation or curiosity, you will be moved by the experience on offer at this awesome gallery. For lovers of art this place is some kind of heavenly dream... I could have literally spent... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Simply some of the finest galleries I have ever visited anywhere. I returned to Melbourne and Australia just to spend enough time to satisfy myself with these magnificent collections. I travel lots and "collect" many museums and galleries. These galleries are on a par with the Louvre, Kunsthistorische Museum, Vienna, Metropolitan, Nat. Galleries London, Ireland, Ottawa, Japan, etc. All works... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

It's great you can take a couple of toddlers and spend an hour playing with the outside water features, stretch out on your back to look at the beautiful coloured ceiling then wander out the back for some amazing sculpture and a forest of magnolias. Just wonderful and we didn't spend a cent.

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Cootamundra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

As my husband is a master potter, we loved the Chinese & Japanese exhibitions. I was enthralled, as he described how each glaze was achieved. I wish we could have visited earlier in our holiday so we could have returned.

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East Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

My wife and I spent a few wonderful hours in the National Gallery of Victoria. It has a wonderful and whimsical collection of contemporary art as well as a full collection of earlier works. What makes the museum unique is that unlike other museums which merely list the artist's name, the name of the work and when it was created,... More

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Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I really liked the Asian Exhibits in the gallery, mainly from China, Japan and India. Also liked the European pottery and decorative arts.

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Esfahan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This is a Great Gallery with different kinds of art from different cultures . the entrance is free and it worth`s a visit .

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Great space to visit art shows Access is easy along St Kilda Road via tram or walking from the city There are always a number of shows on, including free shows Some good options for food and drink

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