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Art Gallery of Western Australia

James Street Mall | Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, Western Australia 6003, Australia (Perth CBD)
+61 8 9492 6644
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Ranked #22 of 87 attractions in Perth
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Founded in 1895, the Art Gallery of Western Australia has the pre-eminent holdings of Western Australian art, craft and design from 1829 to the... more » Owner description: Founded in 1895, the Art Gallery of Western Australia has the pre-eminent holdings of Western Australian art, craft and design from 1829 to the present. Our collections and exhibitions offer visitors exciting encounters with the art of Western Australia, traditional and contemporary Australian Indigenous art and the art of the world. Entrance is free, donations are welcome. We’re located in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre and easily accessible from the Perth Train Station. « less
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Oslo, Norway
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82 reviews 82 reviews
12 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Smack in the middle of down town, and free of charge, this museum has an extensive collection and always several exhibitions at once. There should be something for everyone to like! We were lucky and got to see the Guy Grey-Smith exhibition, as well as the standard collection and some other interesting exhibits. Service at the information counter was very... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A great gallery close to the city, many levels of art work to peruse. This gallery previously had MoMA exhibitions which was so fantastic but unfortunately the home bodies of perth again chose to stay home and funding was cut as not enough people came to see the delights. There are a couple of much smaller galleries around northbridge and... More

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Perth, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great place for tourists and even locals to visit. Lots of interesting pieces. Even better with the exhibitions. Cafés close by to make a day of it.

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Boonah, Australia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
45 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I expected to see a much larger collection and feel that the galleries in the other Australian states are better.Would liked to have seen more truly Western Australian influenced work. I pondered about the paintings that had made the cut. I must do more to increase my art knowledge and art appreciation.

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dayton, ohio
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136 reviews 136 reviews
51 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We greatly enjoyed the Australian art galleries, which were segmented by era. Don't miss the 1800-1920 collection in a separate building (former courthouse); there was a wood carved kookaburra I kept being drawn back to. The aboriginal art within the time-framed galleries is quite impressive, as were some of the more innovative and modern pieces with social themes.

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SydneyAustralia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Luckily to see Kerry Stokes collection, the Year 12 entrants (and I voted for one). The old Court house which is part of the Gallery was a beautiful building housing some wonderful paintings. The books exhibit depicting New York skyline was very thought provoking. Very friendly staff.

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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

This venue was just on my list of places to visit because its in Perth but I was pleasantly surprised by its offerings. I'm not a big fan of modern art but there was a large collection with some pieces that I enjoyed. The Kerry Stokes collection was fabulous, my favourite was Waterloo Bridge by Monet. The brilliant staff pointed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I recently took a group of International students for a ' Communication through art' tour at the Art Gallery of WA and we were impressed with the tour and our tour guide, Elizabeth. She was well-prepared, included a variety of art works and sculptures, was very informative and engaged well with the students who are second language speakers. She inspired... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

They have some great exhibitions, but they get busy. Early morning is best to beat the crowds. THere is a lovely fountain nearby and the plaza is easy walking distance from the main train station

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Sydney, Australia
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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

The Art Gallery of WA is sorely in need of re-development, and currently lags behind its interstate counterparts in Hobart, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. And when the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award exhibition is on every August in Darwin, WA falls behind the NT. Maybe special exhibitions will make this gallery much more interesting a... More

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