Located on busy Swanston St, near Melbourne Uni; it is amazing such a quiet, open and peaceful place exist so close to the city. It is also amazing that entry to such a place is free of charge – or a voluntary donation. The place is the Ian Potter Museum of Art, showcasing a large collection of Australian art along with exhibitions from overseas throughout the year.
Depending on your taste in art it is almost certain The Potter (as it is affectionately dubbed by students) has a piece that will captivate your attention. If you – like me - enjoy Australian landscape paintings then the Russell and Mab Grimwade 'Miegunyah' collection is certainly for you. The wide open space of the gallery is the perfect place to imagine what the early settlers were thinking when they began painting and describing this strange and unique land.
It is also worth browsing one of the largest collections of ancient Greek and Roman coins in Australia. Coins were once a way to convey political messages and cultural information, and it is a privilege to be able to examine a piece of history that is thousands of years old. You might want to hurry – this exhibition is in its final weeks! The Potter also showcases Indigenous art and installation pieces – try the website for more information.
Overall, the Ian Potter Museum is a wonderful way to spend a weekend afternoon, a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. With something for everyone, a visit to the Ian Potter Museum is certain to be a rewarding and aesthetically pleasing experience.