National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

4.7
#2 of 328 in Museums in Victoria
National Gallery of Victoria offers a great lesson in Australian cultural identity. Founded in 1861, the country's oldest public art museum has a vast collection of Australian Aboriginal, colonial, Impressionist, modern, and contemporary art. There's also an international collection, which displays ancient and modern work by artists from around the globe, including Picasso, Rembrandt, and Degas. Make sure you leave time to see some of the 15,000 snapshots in the museum's photo collection. Also check out what the rotating exhibitions are while you're in town. To visit National Gallery of Victoria and other attractions in Melbourne, use our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.
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  • From outside the building is a bit of a monstrosity. However, the collection is good and worth seeing, especially the galleries devoted to Aboriginal art. We had lunch in one of the café’s situated...  more »
  • First off, this gallery is free to the public. It has a lovely outdoor sculpture garden with seating so you can relax and enjoy the setting. The must see exhibit in the gallery is the largest...  more »
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  • Really enjoy exploring the gallery and seeing the new exhibits. Although some exhibits you have to pay to enter, most of the facility is free. The staff are always helpful if you are polite and the food is lovely at the general restaurant on the ground floor. They also cater for children in the gallery exhibits. There's a few interactive kids-oriented exhibits each time we go and our 6 year old really enjoys spending a few hours here. The food here is generally very good (and priced accordingly) but bear in mind the menu isn't aimed at kids but there are some options so if you have a picky eater, you may struggle here.
  • Very extensive collection of artworks. One of the best in Australia. I really enjoyed the Chinese progression of art over time. Another interesting part is the Egyptian and Mesopotamian. The best part is that there is only one or two exhibitions that are paid. The majority is free so this a good place for people on a budget. They also have a large area the back of the museum dedicated for kids play area that is very peaceful. Overall would visit again

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