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Art Gallery of Western Australia
Ranked #15 of 167 things to do in Perth
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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.
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“Excellent tour guides”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

I recently took a group of International students for a ' Communication through art' tour at the Art Gallery of WA and we were impressed with the tour and our tour guide, Elizabeth. She was well-prepared, included a variety of art works and sculptures, was very informative and engaged well with the students who are second language speakers. She inspired me to take my husband there the next Saturday and share with him the information I'd gained from her. There is a wide variety of art, something for everyone, and the art shop is also worth a visit. I can recommend a visit but do yourself a favour and book a tour, it is definitely worth it.

Visited January 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“Art Gallery”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

They have some great exhibitions, but they get busy. Early morning is best to beat the crowds. THere is a lovely fountain nearby and the plaza is easy walking distance from the main train station

Visited March 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Tired and in need of redevelopment”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

The Art Gallery of WA is sorely in need of re-development, and currently lags behind its interstate counterparts in Hobart, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. And when the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award exhibition is on every August in Darwin, WA falls behind the NT. Maybe special exhibitions will make this gallery much more interesting a place to visit.

The building itself is tired, and the collection much smaller than one would expect from a city which has coasted the biggest economic boom in Australia's history. Part of Kerry Stoke's private collection is on show, and there's a chronologically organised collection which starts in the Centenary Gallery (a former court building). Aboriginal art is reasonably well-represented.

Visited February 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“Love the old part of the Gallery”
Reviewed February 5, 2014

I haven't visited the Gallery for some time but recommended this recently to our overseas visitors. There is something for everyone - if you don't like modern artwork then head downstairs to the old gaol where you will find the well known Australian oil painting 'Down on his luck' which shows scenery of the bush with a weary traveller boiling his billy over a camp fire, plus lots of other beautiful artwork. Then there is aboriginal art on the upper level of the Gallery.

I think from memory the Gallery is free of charge, unless there is a special exhibit on and in which case there is a fee. The shop opposite the ticket area has a wonderful selection of books. There is also a café if you need a coffee and snack. A nice way to spend an hour or so if you are just filling in time during your city visit. Tip: the quickest way on foot to the Gallery is go to the main entrance of the central railway station, turn right and go up the escalator. Turn left from the escalator over the walkway and it is on your right hand side.

Tip: if you are on a tight budget and don't want to eat and drink at the Gallery's Café, find Trackside Bakery which is just off the escalator to your right - their Almond Croissant is to die for and their coffee is great.

Visited February 2014
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

Free entry. located over 2 floors. Easy access for all. Worth a look if you are looking to cool down in the city.

Visited January 2014
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