National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • Alan M
    Gympie, Australia828 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative with some unique film of the era.
    Visited for the Bonnard exhibition, learnt a lot about this artist & his circle of friends. Very well curated exhibition by India Medhavi, another new name, which cleverly integrated much of the paintings background. Spacious layout requiring determination to complete the full exhibition. Should have bought the programme ! Need to book as limit number of visitors at any one time , which is a good idea.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,417 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two for the price of one
    The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is showing its Winter Masterpieces; an exhibition of paintings and photographs by French artist Pierre Bonnard; and a large exhibition of works by Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn, mainly lithographs and paintings, including a large number of self-portraits. The Bonnard display is interesting, but Rembrandt is one of the Old Masters, a brilliant star of the Northern Rennaisance. In terms of artistic impact, they are hardly comparable, but each has his merits. You can easily see both in one afternoon; two for the price of one.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Johnstanno
    Singapore, Singapore510 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommended to visit!
    Free to visit, but you need to and could deposit your bag and jackets at the counter. Lots of art exhibition that we really enjoy. There are also seats around to rest your tired legs after all the walk. It should take you around 1.5hr, at a leisure pace, to finish all the exhibitions. Take it slow and enjoy!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Kule Dude
    Bromsgrove, United Kingdom934 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always worth another visit
    Our third visit to the Gallery and each time there were different exhibits to enjoy. This time we looked at the 17th & 18th Century European art. From a distance the paintings looked similar to what we would expect to see in the major British galleries, but on closer inspection found the artists had names I hadn't come across previously. And that was no bad thing. Well worth the visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 12, 2023
  • Nigel
    London, United Kingdom63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Collected rather than Curated.
    As with many modern galleries, the building is more impressive than the collection. Even more so when many floors are closed and galleries are cordoned off in preparation for new exhibits. Persevere though and you might stumble across some great pieces by both established artists like Rothko and Reubens, and lesser known but fascinating artists like Nazgol Ansarinia. It’s a real mess of paintings, decorative arts, and crafts, so it sometimes feels not so much curated as arbitrary. Worth a visit on a colder day.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Kai C
    Half Moon Bay, California1,255 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    ok
    Spacious museum with an outstanding collection of Venetian glass, English porcelain, Gandharan Buddha statues, Sisley, Pisarro and an incredible Toltec Chacmool. They could not escape lamentation about the "black bodies" and the inevitable inclusion of substandard art based on gender/race but this is to be expected. Nice garden, stained glass roof.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 20, 2023
  • Murty C
    Columbia, Maryland143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    World Class Art Gallery
    I had only one hour to visit this famous arts museum and decided to visit their international gallery (on the south side of the Yarra River), which was having a triennial exhibition of new works from around the world. It was a dazzling exhibition and made me want to come back again. Especially to see their copy of “The Great Wave off Kanazawa”.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 13, 2024
  • tammyBaltimore_Md
    Baltimore, Maryland3,819 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Four levels of all sorts of modern to old works of art
    Museum has tram stop directly in front. Free to enter Four levels of modern, Asian and old masterpieces from Picasso to Monet and tons more. Staff very friendly and helpful. If you love art definitely can't beat this huge building
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 27, 2024
  • wayne k
    Hobart, Australia56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Visit
    Really cool gallery showcasing a variety of artwork from all over the world. While navigating around the gallery can become confusing, the architecture and the impressive size of the building makes up for it. If you’re looking to fill part of your day, this free attraction is a great idea.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 22, 2024
  • LutheranLadySanDiego
    1,733 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something for Everyone
    Our dear friend ushered us into the Gallery with the promise of some amazing exhibits. She was right! The variety of Australian art filled our eyes and tickled our imagination... everything from aboriginal selections to contemporary offerings. I guarantee you will enjoy this wonderful gallery.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 27, 2024
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Michael
Woking, UK255 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • 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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jeffryb
Keysborough, Australia366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has Australia's best collection of international art --- Australian art is at the Potter centre. Many pieces are internationally significant. The NGV also hosts visiting exhibitions of contemporary art. The European collection is very strong; some of the paintigs are masterpieces. The NGV has grear purchasing power, mainly due to the Felton Bequest.
Written August 15, 2020
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Moana 🌺
Victoria, Australia138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Great day out, there was lots to see even if you didn’t go to any of the paid exhibitions.
The security staff located around the galleries were particularly very friendly and welcoming and able to help out where needed.
The gallery is accessible for everyone with wide entrances, lifts and toilet facilities on each floor. There was also seating provided throughout the galleries if you needed a rest.

You need a good few hours booked here to see everything!
Written January 10, 2020
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Kevin D
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a must do in Melbourne if you like culture and art. We did a free tour of the highlights which took about an hour and 20 minutes and was fantastic - gave insights into some of the prominent works of art. Then we spent about an hour and a half ourselves and only scrathed the surface. Some amazing pieces and exhibitions in a superb venue.
Written February 2, 2020
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platypus150
Melbourne, Australia31,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It was a bit like a visit to Ikea my wanderings in the Gallery. I was lost for most of the time, and I wandered all about, making interesting discoveries, including rooms I had never seen before. You cannot do the place justice with just one visit. I have long standing artistic style preferences, but I got to look at a lot of interesting religious art from the last five centuries.
Written January 16, 2020
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debraL1232RC
portland62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
First off, this gallery is free to the public. It has a lovely outdoor sculpture garden with seating so you can relax and enjoy the setting. The must see exhibit in the gallery is the largest stained glass ceiling in the world! Unbelievable to see it in person. The galleries have a range of exhibits which are well signed. There are also at least three eating areas depending on what you want. We ate at the Museum Cafe and the food and service was quick and delicious. It is also across the street from the Botanical Gardens and on the tram lines although it is one stop beyond the free tram zone but from Federation Square (last stop in the free tram zone) it is a short walk across the bridge.
Written March 30, 2020
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Rayzosun
San Francisco, CA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Spent a wonderful three to four hours at NGV! Great and accessible location at the CBD, next to Yarra River. I was frankly amazed and delighted with the extensive and varied permanent art holdings of the museum, which was all free!! Truly one of the most exceptional museums I’ve visited, and I’ve been to 50 countries thus far. Nice garden in the back is a bonus.
Written February 17, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has a collection of international art unmatched in Australia, from Northern Renaissance to Cubism. Many of the works are significant works of art. The Asian collection has few equals; also, the glassware. Thanks to the Felton Bequest, the NGV has enormous purchasing power. By the way, take a free tour -gratis - it's very informative.
Written December 4, 2020
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Jo SB
Melbourne, Australia970 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A must-see for art lovers since it's Australia's oldest and most famous public art museum.

The NGV Collection contains approximately 70,000 works of art spanning thousands of years, from the art of ancient civilizations to the newest in contemporary art, spanning various disciplines, periods, styles, and inspirations. The museum has four levels: NGV Salon, British & European Collection 13th–16th Century, British & European Collection 17th–18th Century, and Modern & Contemporary Art & Design Collection.

The NGV Collection is free, but special exhibitions may charge an entry fee, so buy tickets in advance.

Give yourself a couple of hours to explore all levels.
Written August 25, 2022
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hw478
Greater Sydney, Australia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
I've never seen so many people lining up for an art gallery. The queues were related to Covid guidelines, but the crowd inside was real. Fantastic exhibitions on all levels, so much to see and do. There is something for everyone. Even just sitting outside is a lovely experience.
Written May 18, 2021
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