National Gallery of Victoria

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National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia. Situated over two magnificent buildings – NGV International and NGV Australia – the Gallery presents over 40 exhibitions a year including major international blockbusters and a wide range of exhibitions, programs and events, from contemporary art to fashion and design, and major historical exhibitions that are internationally exclusive to Melbourne.
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Carolynt23
Adelaide, Australia369 contributions
Though it is a $30 entry fee to see the Picasso Exhibition - Melbourne's Winter Masterpiece show piece - it was well worth the money. Often we have found when overseas exhibitions come to Australia you get just a microcosm of the artist's work and often of their less well known pieces. Here there was a good representation of Picasso's work through various periods of his life and with clear explanations of the different styles. I am no art expert but i think the exhibition caters to most people who appreciate the Arts. There were some works of his contemporaries and his muses too.
Written August 12, 2022
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jayaraman2016
New Delhi, India87 contributions
Couples
We visited one of the Art Centers in Melbourne. Located at St Kilda road, it contains a wide display of International art collections, for which one day is insufficient to view all of them. It is worth noting that display relating to the pandemic last year were kept as exhibits. One frame has an array of face masks each one having creative art. Another frame has face masks made of ceramics. With a limited time available, we were able to visit only one floor. Although escalators are available, there was only one elevator to commute for the three floor building. This makes difficult for those who cannot use escalators
Written May 30, 2022
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francescaagostini752
Melbourne, Australia85 contributions
Friends
This cultural and historic building is part of Melbourne most landmark monuments and well recognised art galleries.

Internationally renowned this art gallery is considered to be Australia’s cultural hubs.
The vast array of art is able to be viewed and engaged by people of ages. An early morning tour for retirees, or tours for families and children, art enthusiasts or a visitor to the gallery.

Don’t forget to look up, on entry, as the colour led glass ceiling compares with the most amazing and beautiful experiences in the world.

A visit for all ages ~ highly recommended.
Written December 2, 2020
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NatAttacksBack
10 contributions
Couples
This relates specifically to the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square. The staff were lazy, rude and completely devoid of any knowledge of the layout, exhibits or customer service basics. They were gathered in clusters leaning on walls and holding private conversations that visitors were not welcome to disrupt. The venue is poorly signed and difficult to navigate around. We found the very large exhibition we came to see purely by chance, despite being told by 3 different staff that it did not exist. We (and others) nearly accidentally took the staff goods lift as it was the only apparent means of travel between 3 floors and not marked otherwise. The exhibitions were amazing but everything else was woeful and a blight on tourism for the city of Melbourne.
Written July 17, 2022
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Rozy E
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
Friends
Very easy to get to, loved the art work displayed. There is 4 levels and each level has a different theme. The museum is actually very big and it took us approx 2-3 hours to see everything.
Ohh and there is a little caffe on level 1.
The pink pond in the pictures was a temporary exhibit and you might not find it next time you visit.
Written April 29, 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia11,003 contributions
The NGV International frequently has visiting exhibitions which add diversity to the museum's international collection. The NGV is planniing to build a contemporary art museum, which will be the jewel in the NGV's crown. Transport magnate Lindsay Fox and his wife Paula have pledged $100 million towards the new museum. The Potter Foundation will contribute $20 million. The contemporary museum will be a major conribution to post-modern art in Australia.
Written April 19, 2022
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lachkeira
Sunbury, Australia483 contributions
We went to NGV to see Triennial and it wasn't quite what I expected. I thought for some reason it was an interactive art exhibition, something like Artvo, but its more a standard art gallery with pieces on the walls and stands.
After the ground floor we wondered why we had bothered, the "art" was certainly down to the beholder, and much of it went above us but we went upstairs and it got better. Some beautiful pieces, some weird stuff, some traditional items, a big mix. Sometimes it felt that a random unusual piece would be amongst classic European canvas pieces but perhaps that was part of the art?
Our favourite section was a huge room with all the walls covered in framed traditional artworks, with lights, sounds and vision across it all, it was beautiful and I could have sat there for ages just watching it play in front of me.
The fact the tickets are free makes this a worthwhile visit, if we had to pay for it, we may have struggled to see the value, but we all came away a little more cultured than when we walked in.
Based on our experience, book your tickets beyond the first hour, seems people tend to go early, as there were queues to get in (despite allocated times) but when we left about 90 minutes later, there was no queue.
Written February 1, 2021
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James G
29 contributions
Couples
The chanel exhibit was kind of underwhelming but it would be more appropriate if you were into clothing and accessories etc. Would pay the chanel fee to access the other permanent free collections as they were a lot more interesting to see. Especially weeping woman and a few of the impressionist pieces
Written December 28, 2021
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Michael
Woking, UK255 contributions
Couples
We visited the art gallery in Melbourne as it was listed as a top attraction in the City, and we both enjoyed it.

The outside of the building has an impressive water feature, and the gallery is full of different types of art from different eras which is interesting to look at. The gallery is centrally located in the City and has bus/tram stops right outside.

The gallery is huge, so if you're into art make sure you give yourself a few hours to look at everything!

It wasn't the best art gallery I have visited, and some of the exhibitions required purchasing tickets which was annoying, but overall if you like art or you would like an indoor activity during your trip to Melbourne I would recommend visiting!
Written February 4, 2020
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Louise P
Cabarita Beach, Australia110 contributions
Family
We went there to see the Chanel show… and stayed for two extra hours looking at all the exhibits. All was so well done. Lovely clean toilets and outdoor areas were amazing too! Loved it all and will definitely return to see the rest.
Written February 26, 2022
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