See blockbuster exhibitions alongside an impressive permanent collection at the National Gallery of Victoria
This grand modernist building on St Kilda Road is Australia's oldest and most popular art museum. That title has been won thanks to the gallery's top-notch and diverse permanent collection, their fantastic visiting collections and an ongoing series of additional events aimed at locals and tourists alike.
The permanent collection includes a Rembrandt, a Bonnard and a Tiepolo – not bad for a gallery that's only been around since the mid 1800s. All visitors to the NGV must pass the water wall upon entry, and yes, it is hard to resist touching it. The ground floor is where you'll usually find the gallery's major exhibitions and it's also where you'll find the magnificent, boiled lolly-like stained glass ceiling in the Great Hall.
Upstairs you've got the permanent collections, as well as the smaller visiting exhibitions. Be warned the large, colonial era rooms are easy to lose people in, so keep a close eye on any children looking to make a jailbreak. You cannot visit the NGV without spending a hefty chunk of time in the 19th Century Gallery (or Salon Gallery). It gets its nickname from the style the paintings are hung in and houses one of the most emotive paintings in the gallery: 'Anguish' by August Friedrich Schenck.
You could easily spend a whole day in the bulding so be sure to make regular pit stops; if you're feeling fancy the Tea Room offers high tea as well as cakes and light meals while downstairs you can fill your belly with the seasonal menu items at Garden Restaurant.
Check out our hit-list of the best galleries in Melbourne.
|Venue name:||NGV International|
180 St Kilda Rd
|Opening hours:||Daily 10am-5pm|
|Transport:||Nearby stations: Flinders Street|
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Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun
Could dancing save the world? German artist Hito Steyerl uses a montage of dancing figures and other images — protests, simulated realities, 3D models of lightbulbs smashing into a million tiny fragments – as symbols of how we live and what we’re turning...Film and video Until Sunday March 24 2019
Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo
The NGV has announced extended opening hours for Between Two Worlds to coincide with the Australian Open. From January 14 to 28, the exhibition will be open each night until 7pm. The National Gallery of Victoria has brought a world-first exhibition of...Drawings Until Sunday April 7 2019
There aren't many artists in the world with a style as immediately recognisable as Julian Opie. The British sculptor sketches people with the simplest of details – black lines and splashes of colour – capturing the mood and spirit of the world's metropolises. This...Until Sunday February 17 2019 Free
William Wegman: Being Human
Plenty of people dress up their pets in human clothes and take photographs of them to share with the world. But you wouldn't call those photos art, would you? American artist William Wegman is the exception to that rule. He's made a career out of photographing...Until Sunday March 17 2019 Free
Bach X Reimagined
NGV has brought together a world-first music collaboration, Bach X Reimagined, in response to the current Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds exhibition. Curated by anon., a collaborative creative platform founded by pianist Nicole Tj and violinist...Classical and opera Friday January 25 2019 - Saturday April 6 2019
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Friday Nights at the NGV
The NGV's Friday Nights series is back for another round, and this time they’re pairing a string of gigs alongside the new Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds. Few things go hand-in-hand like music and art, and NGV Friday Nights’ set-up is the best way...Friday January 25 2019 - Saturday April 6 2019
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Melbourne Art Book Fair
Combine your twin passions of art and literature this month at the Melbourne Art Book Fair. Hosted by the National Gallery of Victoria, the Melbourne Art Book Fair features more than a hundred stalls selling art books from local and international publishers....Fairs and festivals Friday March 15 2019 - Sunday March 17 2019 Free