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City Gallery Wellington

101 Wakefield St | Civic Square, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
64 4 801 3021
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Ranked #41 of 146 Attractions in Wellington
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: This gallery is home to New Zealands best collection in contemporary visual arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, moving image,... more » Owner description: This gallery is home to New Zealands best collection in contemporary visual arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, moving image, architecture, industrial and graphic design. « less
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Wellington, New Zealand
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We came here to see the Moamoa exhibition by Seung Yul Oh. I was pleasantly surprised that it was a free exhibition & this was all we saw as I had my young children and short attention + spans enclosed spaces etc etc. I felt that the attention & service we got throughout our visit was really warm & really... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

As art is very subjective people might disagree but I was a bit disappointed in the gallery. It was confusing to find some rooms and most of the art seemed kinda lost in the huge spaces. The 'galleries' had 1 - maybe 20 pieces in them. Most of them having under 10. Seoul Yung Oh's exhibition however, was really nice.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Quite an interesting gallery. Not particularly big, doesn't take that long to walk around, although of course you could loiter for hours if you wanted to; there's even a reading/research section upstairs. It appears to have regularly changing displays throughout with some top modern artists - they were featuring an exhibition by Simon Starling when I visited. As far as... More

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The City Gallery in Wellington changes its exhibitions over regularly. It has excellent gallery spaces over two floors. I usually visit twice per year and have never seen the same thing twice. The spaces are used to full advantage and this is an excellent place to gain a sense of what is going on in NZ / Aotearoa art, as... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed the gallery. The staff were informative and friendly. I especially enjoyed the Simon Starling exhibition with the desks - interesting concepts - especially the idea of things changing.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We took shelter from the pouring rain in the City Gallery. We ended up thrilled with the work we saw -- and were glad it was raining. We happened to stop by when works by Simon Starling were on display, and were knocked out. If you go to the City Gallery, be sure to eat at the cafe. Our lunch... More

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Southwell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Well, it's free! The cafe serves good food and the art is what you make of it. Your experience will depend on the current exhibitions so it is difficult to give a definitive review. We enjoyed some, but others left us a bit cold. Whatever, they were well presented although the lights cast annoying shadows on the photography exhibition when... More

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Richards Bay, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We saw some of the most amazing modern "art" ever. From flashing lights, to getting into a box or bell listing to sounds, to colour panels on the floor. You must go see to understand what modern art is all about. Nevertheless, you will leave there feeling stunned at what you have just experienced, wondering why your understanding of art... More

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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

Lots of unique exhibitions and displays. Usually local kiwi artists but totally worth an hour's stroll

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This museum is very central, you cannot miss it. Entrance is usally free. This venue hosts temporary exhibitions of good quality, especially contemporary art.

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