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“Good place to visit if the weather is not so good”

Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Ranked #23 of 105 things to do in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Dunedin Public Art Gallery is one of New Zealand's four major metropolitan art galleries. Established in 1884, the Gallery was New Zealand’s first Art Gallery and is renowned today for the richness of its historic collection and its close working relationship with major New Zealand artists. The Gallery houses a signifcant collection of New Zealand artworks covering the period from 1860 to the present. The collection also contains major holdings of historical European art, Japanese prints and the decorative arts. Historical works by renowned artists such as Turner, Gainsborough, Claude, and Machiavelli feature alongside the only Monet in a New Zealand collection and master works by Derain, Tissot, Burne-Jones and internationally acclaimed Dunedin artist Frances Hodgkins. The collection is fundamental to the Gallery’s exhibition programme, but many works of art are also sourced from other public and private collections in New Zealand and internationally. The Gallery presents a wide-ranging events programme of interesting lectures, floor talks, film and video screenings, performances and workshops. There are regular guided tours for key exhibitions or by arrangement. Located right in the heart of Dunedin, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery is within easy walking distance from a large number of hotels and on all major public transport routes. There are disabled facilities, the award-winning Nova cafe, a wonderful shop and free wi-fi in the Gallery foyer.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Ilmington, United Kingdom
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“Good place to visit if the weather is not so good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2012

We spent a few hours here, viewing an interesting exhibition of favourite pieces from the Gallery's collection. We were very impressed, and the staff were very friendly. The cafe is also a good place for lunch.

Visited February 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A calm oasis in the Octagon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2012

The range of art is impressive for an art gallery of this size. You could whizz around in 40 minutes, or take 2-3 hours to really study the works.

Entry is by donation. Wheelchair accessible, with a lift between floors.

Visited March 2012
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Bournemouth
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“Great collection, worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

We were pleasantly surprised by the good collection and the size of this gallery in comparison to the size of the city. Wish we'd had more time here to look around properly.

Visited January 2012
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Davis, California
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“Dunedin Art Gallery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2012

Interesting exhibits. Loved having 'Art Hosts' to chat with in the different gallery rooms.

Visited February 2012
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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“a world class art museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2012

This gallery houses one of the finest collections in the Southern Hemisphere, and presents a regularly changing, stimulating and satisfying range of exhibitions. It is world class.

Visited February 2012
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