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Art Gallery of Western Australia
Ranked #17 of 174 things to do in Perth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Founded in 1895, the Art Gallery of Western Australia has the pre-eminent holdings of Western Australian art, craft and design from 1829 to the present. Our collections and exhibitions offer visitors exciting encounters with the art of Western Australia, traditional and contemporary Australian Indigenous art and the art of the world. Entrance is free, donations are welcome. We’re located in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre and easily accessible from the Perth Train Station.
Reviewed April 2, 2013

A pleasant surprise. The staff were well informed, polite and very welcoming. We were there over Easter so it was very busy but the atmosphere was calm and the experience positive. The quality of the food in the restaurant was outstanding especailly given the pressure of numbers on the day, Well worth the price.

Thank Mareea S
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Based near the central railway Station in Perth, the Art Gallery is a revelation. A modern building, with disabled access and toilets, with most helpful staff on the enquiry desk at the entrance.
The Gallery can be divided into three. Firstly, there is a fascinating section on Aboriginal art and artifacts. Aboriginal art has changed little over time, so some of the pieces are quite modern. In fact, they are now actively encouraged to return to their roots and portray their animal and 'dream-time' art.
The second section is traditional painting, sculpture and pottery from the the time of immigration into Australia. Many of the first Nineteenth Century artists were born in Europe and therefore paint in the style prevalent at the time.
The third section is modern art in various forms, including sculpture and photography. Much is thought-provoking.
Not a place to take young children but ok for teanagers upwards..

Thank David S
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

The Gallery was showing an exhibition of Modern Masters from MOMA in New York. Fabulous theme, exceptional works and very useful commentary by the curator - it's worth attaching to his 'tours'. More NY MOMA loans to follow! Very welcoming, family friendly, the gallery joins other places in the cultural centre in addressing families and encouraging education for all ages. Huge outdoor screen for drama, university library with books and seats outside. The museum of Australia is very interesting and informative, well worth the free visit, especially to see the history of modern OZ, the geological wing and stars and galaxies display. The old prison is a sobering 'must see' and a further gallery which showed some of the best aborigine art in Perth. Add a well stocked shop, the urban garden and some wet grassland and you can spend all day there. Very good cafe half in/half out of the gallery - where they sold delicious tomatoe soup while Andy Warhol's soup cans were on display inside! All this and still Kings Park fabulous botanical gardens and Elizabeth Quay Bell Tower to visit. Cant wait to go back again....

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Great art
Nice cafe
Very good shop
Wonderful service
I had the beauty of a hearing device
Make time for this location.

1  Thank lesley E
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

It is really quite a peaceful place. You leave your bag at the door(secure locker) and free your mind for a few hours. Go and see the "droving into the light" painting. You will swear that you are looking at a highdef tv. There are so many other beautiful and strange pieces of art. It gets the left side of your brain going! The Art Gallery cafe is a stop off must. I cannot fault the food, staff or cleanliness. Good value for money and nice to sit and contemplate all you have seen. You feel a bit groovy afterwards. Makes you want to go and buy a beret!

1  Thank SammyPerth
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