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“Public Art Gallery”

Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Ranked #26 of 123 things to do in Dunedin
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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: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed February 2, 2013

We popped in to the Public Art Gallery and very much liked the architecture of the entrance. The collection of NZ art was very interesting.

Thank Mudge2011
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Some very good and unique exhibits on display where it is easy to navigate around the venue. Also the information boards at each exhibit aids understanding.

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Great school programme and fantastic range of artworks. A super activity for the whole family in the heart of the Octagon Dunedin.

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Some very strange art on display this time with sound being a theme eg getting in a black noisy box to experience sound- not convinced!

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Reviewed September 26, 2012

It's a small gallery, but a pleasant one. We saw an interesting range of fine art downstairs, then wandered upstairs for a collection of very odd sound-based installations, which was helpful in explaining the difference to our children between fine art and modern 'art'.

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