National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

4.7
#3 of 309 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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  • The stain glass window was my favorite!! All the exhibits are excellent! Well laid out, flows nicely and is handicap accessible! The cafe was great too!  more »
  • We had half a day free on recent visit to Melbourne so wandered through Southbank and then through the art gallery. Somehow two hours passed very quickly in the gallery and we both felt we could have ...  more »
  • A very good insight into Australia and its history. Easy to get to on the tram and a fantastic dinosaur exhibition was on. Unfortunately, the WW1 exhibit was closed due to it being Armistice Day  more »
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  • Loved it. Hadn't been in ages. Friendly and professional staff dedicated to helping us find our way through. They obviously care about the art and cultures. Absolutely worthwhile and very very inexpensive. Would actually be interested in knowing more about the arts in our city and how to contribute more. We only have facilities like this in our city because of what people give to it and what the building means will live well beyond any single one of us.
  • Love the gallery. It's one of my favourite places in Melbourne. But I have to echo the other bad reviews which say that security impact on the experience at the gallery. For me it was after I had collected my bag from the cloak check counter, and headed to the store at the exit... at which point an over zealous security guard then asked me to check my bag in. Even though the store is between the cloak check and the exit. I asked the guard to explain the logic, then when he couldn't I asked for a supervisor to explain the logic. After some haggling the supervisor understood the poor logic of making people return to check bags in to go to the store in the exit... after checking them out... On my previous visit a security guard on the 3rd floor had asked me to check in my umbrella, after passing dozens of other guards to get there...
  • Never fails to impress. Came here for the MOMA exhibition and was delighted with the crowd. The five, the jazz, the layout of the display and so much more. Staff were excellent and so helpful. Nice place to eat here or get a wine. The gift shop is extensive. Wheelchair friendly. Kid friendly. Parking isn’t too bad in the evening otherwise there are time limits. Please never remove the water wall or the moat. It’s iconic and a nostalgic reminder of how wonderful the gallery is.
  • Amazing experience!! I always make time to visit the galleries in cities that I visit and found that this place ranks near the top!! Great staff, beautiful building, great location/exhibits! I visited the gallery every few months while living in Melbourne because I enjoyed the gallery so much! Highly recommend this place for an afternoon visit to both locals and travellers. Only reason I have given this a 4 star is because my favourite Gallery is in Europe.
  • Wanted to take Mum out for a date so since we both haven't been to the National Gallery and MoMA was in town so we went. Definitely will recommend to purchase tickets online because even though we get there early we will needed to wait for 30 minutes in line. Overall, the exhibition was really fun. I really enjoy that most artworks also had a child's section that made abstract art more interesting for kids. We spent around 2 - 3 hours in total in there! If you ever don't want to pay the the exhibition there are other floors that are free to browse around. For us, it was fun however the main attractions there was simply too many people crowding around to even read the description.

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