The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
"The National Gallery of Victoria is perfect for culture vultures and those wanting to see some Australian Art!"
This is probably one of the most visited museums in Melbourne due to the size of its collection.
The National Gallery of Victoria (or NGV) is located in two locations and you can walk between the two buildings easily.
One houses the International Collection and the other in Federation Square holds the Australian/Aboriginal Collection.
The good news is that entrance to the permanent exhibitions is free.
Opening Hours and Location of the NGV
Both centres are open every day except one day from 10am til 5pm.
International Collection is closed on Tuesday
Australian Collection is closed in Monday (The Ian Potter Centre)
There are extended opening hours during the month of January which is a particularly busy time due to the Australian school holidays.
They are within easy walk of Melbourne centre or Flinders Station.
The international collection is at 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
The Australian/Aboriginal collection is at The Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square
The International Collection
You can expect to see some paintings and sculptures from all over the world including American, Asia and Europe.
The exhibitions are probably the best areas to explore but sometimes these involve an entrance fee. There is always something new to see at this ever changing centre.
The NGV offers guided tours and special tours and activities for kids too. It's certainly a great way to get more out of your visit.
The Ian Potter Centre - Australian Collection
For overseas visitors this is probably the more interesting of the collections as it really does showcase aboriginal art in all its forms.
The collections change regularly so even if you've already visited the exhibition you are bound to find something new to see.
It houses the biggest collection in all of Australia and the setting is pretty special too right in Federation Square.
There is a cafe here too worth resting your tired feet here!
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