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Published March 25th 2014
See the oldest Public Art Gallery in Australia for free
If you are a fan of galleries, then this is a must visit. With more than 70, 000 works of art ranging from a whole world of international art from European, Asian, Oceanic and American Art.

The National Gallery of Victoria is spread out in two magnificent gallery buildings which are located a short walk apart holding permanent and temporary collections, including exhibitions.

The water feature outside of the National Gallery of Victoria building...


The gallery was founded in 1861 and is Australia's oldest Public Gallery. Since the gallery opened in 1968 on St Kilda Road, the collection has doubled in size and the gallery has been redesigned to house one of the most impressive collections in the Southern Hemisphere!

The gallery is home to Australian Art, with spectacular collections of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the Colonial period to the present day. It is home to the most Australian Art in the world, as well as special exhibitions and programs, cafes, a restaurant and a new perspective of the city through its glass matrix and The Ian Potter Centre.

Side view of the Gallery...


Tours are also held at the gallery for free on a daily basis at 11am & 1pm (30 minutes tour) and collection tours are at 12pm & 2pm for one hour. Meet at the Foyer, Ground Level.

There are talks, demonstrations, classes and workshops that are held at the gallery as well, do check the website for information.

The gallery is constantly changing the exhibitions on display and it is a great visit for all ages.

There is a cafe to grab a bite to eat, along with picnic areas if you prefer to eat outdoors.

A close up view of the side of the Gallery...


The best way to get to both galleries is by tram. For the National Gallery of Victoria Australia (The Ian Potter Centre) trams 70, 75 & city circle trams and for the National Gallery of Victoria International- trams 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 & 72.

If you are arriving by car, the best place to park is the Federation Square Car park.

Flinders Street Train Station is the closest stop to the galleries.
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Why? To see Art & experience Australia's oldest gallery
When: International Gallery: Monday- Sunday: 10am-5pm - Closed Tuesdays, Christmas Day & Good Friday, Ian Potter Gallery: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm- Closed Mondays, Christmas Day & Good Friday - Open ANZAC Day from 1pm
Phone: (03) 8620 2222
Where: National Gallery of Victoria (International): 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne & National Gallery of Victoria (Ian Potter Centre): Cnr of Russell & Flinders St, Melbourne
Cost: Free
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The nearest Railway station is Flinders street station. There is NO Federation square station.
by junea (score: 1|69) 1883 days ago
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