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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  • Peter
    Glasgow, United Kingdom3,229 contributions
    Great weather shelter, with culture.
    All very pleasant. Decent expensive shop, if you buy it is best to have a gallery membership which will give you a till discount. The Garden Room restaurant should not be missed with its openable glass walls and great garden views. Smaller Cafe’s are good also. We ate an Afternoon Tea as our lunch ! It was very good in the first floor cafe/restaurant.
    Visited November 2022
    Written December 10, 2022
  • RobWWWW
    Fort Pierce, Florida21 contributions
    Great Museum
    Don't miss this if you're in Melbourne. Excellent exhibits. Free so you can go back on several days - easy to get to in the CBD. The McQueen exhibit is great. Docking a point because the guards are fascist and obnoxious and always close the exhibits early. 5 PM is already quite early, why throw people out even earlier without posting the allegedly real times?
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 19, 2022
  • HayDegha0917
    Los Angeles, California16 contributions
    Top-class museum of Australian art
    There are actually two NGVs: International, which is expansive, has a lot of art pieces, but is so-so, NGV Contemporary, which is still being built, and NGV Australia, which is a must-see. NGV Australia is actually located on the other side of the Yarra, in a separate building. The exhibition of aborigine artists alone is well worth the time, but there is so much more to see there. Definitely spend the time. You won't find the pieces displayed there anywhere else in the world.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 25, 2022
  • Jordan
    Columbus, Ohio137 contributions
    Punishes you with British stodginess
    This museum was alright. We preferred the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney. The collection at NGV was heavily dominated by British and Western European art. I suppose that is expected given the name but it got a bit tedious after a while. There was a small room dedicated to Impressionism which included all the usual suspects. It was a nice break from war scenes, portraits of nobles, and Christian iconography. We did find the international exhibits interesting. In particular, the Bilbao commission is worth a look.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 8, 2023
  • Traveller
    Melbourne, Australia15,743 contributions
    Art Gallery
    My wife and I visited this gallery recently. There are many excellent paintings to admire in the collections. Founded in 1861, it is Australia's oldest and most visited art museum. The NGV International in Southbank houses the international art collection. The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square houses the gallery's Australian art collection. There is a Waterwall at the entrance to NGV International. The water from the Waterwall flows to the moat surrounding the NGV International building.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 21, 2023
  • CoolGuy
    Singapore, Singapore711 contributions
    16 Feb 23 visit
    We came here after breakfast at Higher Ground, via tram 96 then 1. We decided not to go for the special exhibition- Alexander MCQueen, as I am not a fan of fashion. The permanent galleries are all free. Displays & space are beautiful & spacious. Not so crowded on a Thursday morning.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 15, 2023
  • RLA1016
    Charleston, South Carolina87 contributions
    Well worth a visit!
    Really a fine museum. The Australian art, both indigenous and from the colonial period, was excellent. Not household names like those in European and North American museums but some equally fine -- it was like discovering new works by familiar, yet different, artists. What a wonderful discovery! Well worth a visit.
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 18, 2023
  • Matthew B
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom5 contributions
    If you love art, you’ll love this!
    What a great space, lovely gallery with most free to the general public. I took the free introductory tour which was a really helpful introduction and certainly worth doing to orientate you around the collections before exploring myself. Tour guide and staff were friendly and knowledgable - very worth a visit.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written February 21, 2023
  • Luvinspoonful
    Rotorua, New Zealand718 contributions
    Great cross cut collection
    Beautifully curated arts from all genres fill spaces that you can access for free! Inside and outside works from some very highly valued artists. You can even enjoy a high tea in the upper cafe.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 13, 2023
  • Troy B
    Perth, Australia1,324 contributions
    A must visit in Melbourne
    Really had a good time exploring the many attractions at the NGV. Free entry unless you are viewing a special attraction. So interesting and very well laid out. Plenty of places to eat or drink.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2023
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Michael
Woking, UK255 contributions
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, Australia371 contributions
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, Australia100 contributions
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
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, Australia27,529 contributions
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
portland64 contributions
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
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, Australia13,838 contributions
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, Australia934 contributions
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
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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