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The Ian Potter Museum of Art

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Address: Swanston Street | The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 8344 5148
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It's free. Time it right and you get a great exhibition

Until end March there is an exhibition of Richard Avedon's portrait photography which is just great - and free! I would have paid. A nice little art museum and worth a visit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I was fortunate to get a guided tour with Winonah. She showed me the early painters who recorded in minute detail the early days of Australian settlement and how the styles changed to capturing the moment in impressionism. I got a brief introduction to aboriginal art too. This is a great collection in a wonderful space. Don't miss it if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Until end March there is an exhibition of Richard Avedon's portrait photography which is just great - and free! I would have paid. A nice little art museum and worth a visit just for the Leckie stained glass window which is lovely and hangs in the atrium. Note Saturday and Sunday the gallery opens at 12noon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Worth a short visit. It isn't a big gallery, but still has some interesting pieces and exhibitions. Connected to ACMI and is near the NGV- so you could have yourself an art day!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I wish the University of Melbourne people would change the name of this art museum. It's so often confused with NGV's gallery at Federation Square (as a number of reviews here show), and from my observation it's under-publicised and under-visited. As Potter was a benefactor, his name is associated with both the University and NGV institutions, but they are quite... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Just down some steps from Federation Square, the Ian Potter Museum has a great selection of contemporary and traditional Australian art. Set on three levels with regularly changing exhibitions, most of the galleries are free. There is a huge art shop and some great aboriginal art on the ground floor. It is very open to supporting young emerging artists and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to visit, but they often have really interesting artworks. Considering there is no cost to visit, it is worth your while if you are in the vicinity.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Go to Federation Square and visit the Ian Potter centre and see a variety of Australian art. After walking around I went to the cafe on the top floor. I enjoyed a relaxing light lunch there.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

This gallery exhibits paintings, posters, photographs, books and objects from the University of Melbourne's diverse collection. Right now there is a wonderful exhibition of Polish posters which is beautifully displayed - it is a little short on background information about the collection. Extending into August 2013 there is an interesting exhibition of artworks about Melbourne - the range is wide... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Despite knowing of the Ian Potter Museum of Art it was not until recently that I visited it at it's central Federation Square location. Set across several levels amongst 'Fed Squares' shard-like buildings, this outstanding collection of art expands upon the already enormous range of art on display at the nearby National Gallery of Victoria, on the other side of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We visited the museum and viewed some interesting Aboriginal Art. The high point of our visit, however, were the pantings by the Heidelberg school artists. And all this gratis. Thank you Melbourne!

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