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“Open, spacious, well curated”

Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Ranked #26 of 112 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, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 24, 2014

Really good use of the space - worth a visit just to see the buildling.
We went around the exhibition from the permanent collection; it was really interestingly put together with a different but linked theme in each room.

Thank FranD15
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

To my surprise, this art gallery is admission free, unlike those art galleries in most countries. I enjoyed the art works presented there, and tried to slow down my pace.

Thank BravoKCY
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

I went there with my friend and very lucky that one of the staff gave us a tour and explained about the painting collections and it was fascinating. There were not many maori art of paintings but there was one famous painting that captured the figure of maori woman in western dress- which is i found interesting to understand the discourse of 'beauty' behind the artist mind. but i think without the presence of the staff explained the detail, the visit may not be the same.

Thank dependopo
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

Perfect way to relax! Some fantastic pieces of art and if you fancy being creative you can get stuck in with the Lego in the final gallery and build your own building to add to the gallery.

Thank BeccaChapps
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

A small collection of mediocre to bad works of art. A couple of them were pretty but there wasn't really anything worth seeing.

Thank gravelord
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