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.
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Guerrilla Girls: Portfolio Compleat
Way before the #metoo era, New York feminist art collective Guerrilla Girls were shining a light into the murkiest corners of the global establishment with their posters, billboards, books, videos and lectures highlighting gender and racial inequality...Galleries Until Saturday September 1 2018 Free
Japonisme: Japan and the Birth of Modern Art
After two centuries of seclusion – and with just one international port open – Japan threw its doors open in 1854, resulting in an influx of Japanese art and culture to Europe. At first, Japanese aesthetics began showing up in western art, but when artists...Galleries Until Sunday October 28 2018 Free
MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art
To put it lightly, this is huge. Melbourne is the (temporary) home of masterpieces by Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Mark Rothko... the list goes on. They're...Galleries Until Sunday October 7 2018
New York! New York! for Kids
Take your kids to the Big Apple without even leaving Melbourne. An interactive kids exhibition is happening at NGV, coinciding with MoMA: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art. New York! New York! for Kids provides families with the opportunity to...Exhibitions Until Sunday October 7 2018 Free
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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 masterpieces from the Big Apple in MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art. Few things go hand-in-hand like music and art,...Friday July 20 2018 - Friday October 5 2018
Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo
The National Gallery of Victoria is bringing a world-first exhibition of works by MC Escher to Melbourne this summer. Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo will feature more than 160 prints and drawings from the renowned Dutch artist as well as an immersive...Drawings Sunday December 2 2018 - Sunday April 7 2019