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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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Time Out editors
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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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Heide Museum of Modern Art
  • Art
  • Bulleen

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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Anna Schwartz Gallery
  • Art
  • Melbourne

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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Centre for Contemporary Photography
  • Art
  • Fitzroy

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
  • Art
  • Melbourne

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?

  • Art
  • Galleries

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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