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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.
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Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum
Spanish artist Francisco Goya is considered one of the country's most eminent artists, with his romanticism paintings (often portraits or religious scenes) earning him great acclaim. But Goya did more than just paint, and after suffering a serious illness...Drawings Until Sunday October 3 2021
Plans for the Planet: Olaf Breuning for Kids
Swiss contemporary artist Olaf Breuning invites kids and their families to the NGV to explore their relationship to the world around them through his interactive exhibition Plans for the Planet. Located on the ground floor, the exhibition is free to enter...Exhibitions Until Sunday October 3 2021 Free
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NGV Friday Nights
The NGV's Friday Nights series is back for another round, and this time they’re pairing a string of gigs alongside the highly anticipated exhibition French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Few things go hand-in-hand like music and art,...Until Friday October 1 2021
Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto
An exhibition of one of the world's most influential fashion designers will land in Melbourne this summer. Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto is the first exhibition in Australia to solely focus on the fashion contributions of 20th-century French designer...Design Sunday December 5 2021 - Monday April 25 2022
The NGV will celebrate the stories and perspectives of our queer communities in a landmark new exhibition set to open in 2021. Queer is the most comprehensive Australian survey of art relating to queer themes to date, with more than 300 works pulled from...Friday December 10 2021 - Sunday June 26 2022