The best art galleries in Melbourne

Take in blockbuster exhibitions, local shows and state-of-the-art installations at Melbourne's best galleries
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Melbourne's artistic inclination makes the city an attractive destination for some of the world's best travelling exhibitions and artworks, as well as a breeding ground for exciting new talent. See it all at Melbourne's best galleries.

Great news: you can also find art on Melbourne's streets. If you need help understanding art-lingo, check out our bluffer's guide to contemporary art

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NGV International
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NGV International

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The NGV is a grand modernist building where major blockbuster shows are held. The permanent collection includes a Rembrandt, a Bonnard and a Tiepolo.

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Australian Centre for Contemporary Art - ACCA
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Australian Centre for Contemporary Art - ACCA

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This high profile non-for-profit gallery – one of the most recognisable buildings in Melbourne thanks to its red-rust facade – showcases local and international artists across all mediums.

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image 2016 exterior 01 feat signage courtesy ACMI 2016 photographer credit Renee Stamatis
Photograph: Renee Stamatis
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ACMI - Australian Centre for the Moving Image

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Major film-related exhibitions and surveys of moving image artists happen here, as well as contemporary and cinematheque screenings in two cinemas. The permanent exhibits take in gaming, virtual reality and the history of cinema in Australia.

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Heide Museum of Modern Art 2015 Heide III exterior photographer credit Jeremy Weihrauch
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Heide Museum of Modern Art

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This torch bearer for Australian modernism is comprised of three core buildings – Heide I, II and III – as well as extensive gardens and a sculpture park.

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Linden New Art 2016 interior installation view Linden Art Prize image courtesy Linden 2016 photographer credit David Mark
Photograph: David Marks
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Linden New Art

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Linden New Art is a unique not for profit contemporary art gallery located in the heart of St Kilda.

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Anna Schwartz Gallery
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Anna Schwartz Gallery

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The imposing Anna Schwartz opened her Flinders Lane gallery in 1986. She has represented some of the country's most respected contemporary artists.

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CCP-Centre for Contemporary Photography
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Centre for Contemporary Photography

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The name says it all. Set up in the mid-80s as a not-for-profit exhibition and resource centre, the CCP still holds photography courses for beginners and those wanting to further their skills. See a range of works from emerging and established photographers.

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RMIT Gallery
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RMIT Gallery

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This public art and design gallery features regularly changing exhibitions that explore interesting aspects of Austalian and international visual culture.

Art without an entrance fee?

State Library of Victoria
Photograph: Benjamin Ashton
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The best free art galleries in Melbourne

Getting up close to world-class art shouldn't cut a healthy slice out of your salary. We know that, and thankfully, so do many of Melbourne's best art galleries. From small commercial galleries to the big players, we've rounded up our favourites spots for looking at art when the wallet is thin.

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