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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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The current exhibition from the Kerry Stokes collection of medieval illuminated manuscripts and paintings is well worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2015
Tom B
Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

The current exhibition from the Kerry Stokes collection of medieval illuminated manuscripts and paintings is well worth a visit.

Thank Tom B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

The exhibition currently up in this gallery contains a range of medieval objects, paintings and sculptures. While the centrepiece "Rothschild Prayer Book" is a magnificent and beautiful art work, there are many other works that make a visit worthwhile. A painting of calvary by Pieter Breughel the younger contains so much detail and many different strands of the cruxification narrative.... More 

Thank Peter R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

What a terrific taste of Australia is presented at this gallery. The curators have done an excellent job to exhibit a range of the best of Australian artists, with snippets of a variety of subject matter and styles in the compact collection on display. We were lucky to be able to enjoy the AFL Grand Final display from the Hermannsburg... More 

Thank Harrytravellers
Dublin, Ireland
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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 

Thank Brid H
Melbourne, Australia
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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.

Thank Dianna C
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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!

Thank Goodfoodgoodkarma
Melbourne, Australia
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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 

Thank Alys-Schatzi
Melbourne, Australia
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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 

Thank Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia
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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.

Thank Leah K
Watford, United Kingdom
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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.

Thank Maura J

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