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National Gallery of Victoria

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Address: 180 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 8004, Australia
Phone Number: 61 3 8620 2222
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Opened in 1861, this is Australia's oldest art gallery.

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I guess I was expecting to see a few paintings but was pleasantly surprised at the variety of art on display at NGV. A great way to spend a rainy afternoon in Melbourne with many... read more

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I guess I was expecting to see a few paintings but was pleasantly surprised at the variety of art on display at NGV. A great way to spend a rainy afternoon in Melbourne with many surprising pieces of art and a huge variety of different artists from different eras and different locations and backgrounds. Pleasingly it included some of those... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We love the NGV, and have seen some amazing Exhibitions here. They always offer a choice, and have exhibitions which are free. A great way to spend a day.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed the modern Japanese art as well as a bit of the temporary exhibition of modern art by Australia artists. It's a relatively small art gallery which specialises in Asian art. I'm not sure whether this was the permanent exhibition or a temporary one. The museum was free.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I visited this museum during the time of the Degas exhibition. The museum entrance is impressive with the water wall flowing. It has also very nice water fountains in the front of the building. The mosaic ceiling it also very impressive.The Degas exhibitions was outstanding. It is the first Degas retrospective from 1988. I learned about Degas American connection as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I originally went for the Degas Exhibition, but decided to explore further from the third floor downwards. Excellent variety of modern Australian and pre twentieth century European, American and English paintings. The Japanese bamboo display was exquisite. Spent several hours wandering through the different displays.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The National Gallery is a beautiful structure with a great variety of artwork from around the world. Given that it is free admission, it is definitely worth a visit. The building itself is structurally beautiful. And there is a good variety of art from around the world - Australia, southeast Asia, Europe. It is also centrally located and easy to... More 

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Krugersdorp, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

An extensive exhibition of Edgar Degas, a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. His main subject of dance was brilliant displayed with many of his most known blown up as large wall murals. Very pleasant way to spend a rainy day in Melbourne, the gallery has several places to eat including The Garden Restaurant, you do... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

NGV is a wonderful place full of fascinating art. I went to the Aussie art exhibition at the Federation Place gallery which is an incredible building as well as some great Aboriginal art.

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Greymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of interesting exhibits. Close to CBD so easy walk from central accommodation. No charge. Outside exposure to different cafes and buskers.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

NGV is at least as good as many museums in Paris, but with more diversity in its art, and it was free to boot. The museum had many impressionist pieces, which I love.

Thank Nick R

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