National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia. Situated over two magnificent buildings – NGV International and NGV Australia – the Gallery presents over 40 exhibitions a year including major international blockbusters and a wide range of exhibitions, programs and events, from contemporary art to fashion and design, and major historical exhibitions that are internationally exclusive to Melbourne.
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  • Luvinspoonful
    Rotorua, New Zealand719 contributions
    Great cross cut collection
    Beautifully curated arts from all genres fill spaces that you can access for free! Inside and outside works from some very highly valued artists. You can even enjoy a high tea in the upper cafe.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 13 March 2023
  • Troy B
    Perth, Australia1,337 contributions
    A must visit in Melbourne
    Really had a good time exploring the many attractions at the NGV. Free entry unless you are viewing a special attraction. So interesting and very well laid out. Plenty of places to eat or drink.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 March 2023
  • wombatdavid
    Hobart, Australia2,549 contributions
    Impressionist pieces are great
    This gallery is free unless you are visiting a special exhibition. We love wandering around and saw the small Impressionist collection which is lovely as always. Well worth a visit when in Melbourne even if you are not an art lover.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 19 March 2023
  • Kimberley H
    Adelaide, Australia98 contributions
    An enjoyable day out
    I’ve gone twice in recent months, first in November 2022 and again in March 2023. Entry is free unless you’re seeing a special exhibit. The first time, I spent roughly 2 hours here going through all the exhibits. The second time I went purposely for the Alexander McQueen exhibit. It was easy to get around but due to I guess Covid restrictions in place they weren’t doing paper maps anymore, you could only do digital. Which was annoying having to go form camera to map back again and as a result I feel like I actually missed parts of the gallery but it was hard to tell. When you arrive if you have a bag or anything they ask you to check it in which is actually really good coz it’s nice not to have to worry if you might hit something. The McQueen exhibit was to the side on the ground floor. Easily accessible. Could buy tickets online or at the gallery. Took about 1.5 -2 hours to look at all the dresses and outfits and read about them all and McQueens inspiration behind each collection. Incredibly well thought out. I just wish there was more coz I didn’t want it to end.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 23 March 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,038 contributions
    Art gallery's collection is truly inspiring
    The National Gallery of Victoria, known as the NGV, is acknowledged as having the best collection of Australian and international art in the region. Old Masters go back to the Renaissance period; many paintings are masterpieces. These days, the NGV is showing Contemporary art, as well as Modernists. The NGV's precious collection of silverware and other art works has few equals. By the way, don't miss the glass ceiling, it's Len French's handiwork. It's truly inspiring, try and find the patterns. Entry to the main collection is free.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2023
  • Stewarts Vacation
    1,035 contributions
    Interesting gallery
    Thoroughly enjoyed browsing through the 5 levels of artworks in this gallery. The building itself was impressive with the large foyer area hosting displays, and the world's largest stained glass ceiling in the Great Hall. Entry to the main gallery is free, but there are some exhibitions that require tickets, for example the current Alexander McQueen display. There was also a small outdoor section. There are two restaurant/tearooms and plenty of public toilets.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2023
  • mayccm2018
    Hong Kong, China511 contributions
    Attractive Gallery
    Great exhibitions that contain different kinds of collections. Convenient location where near Yarra River and free entry except you are visiting a particular exhibition like McQueen. Characteristic building.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 April 2023
  • manda h
    Singapore, Singapore174 contributions
    Worth a stop if you are in the vicinity
    The national gallery of Victoria in Melbourne is free for all to visit. There are a mixture of art, sculpture and collection of all sorts in here, but the downside is that it is not specialised and can seem to appear like slightly unorganised. But it doesn’t charge for access so it’s worth a stop if you are near the south bank.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Alan M
    Gympie, Australia848 contributions
    Very informative with some unique film of the era.
    Visited for the Bonnard exhibition, learnt a lot about this artist & his circle of friends. Very well curated exhibition by India Medhavi, another new name, which cleverly integrated much of the paintings background. Spacious layout requiring determination to complete the full exhibition. Should have bought the programme ! Need to book as limit number of visitors at any one time , which is a good idea.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,038 contributions
    Two for the price of one
    The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is showing its Winter Masterpieces; an exhibition of paintings and photographs by French artist Pierre Bonnard; and a large exhibition of works by Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn, mainly lithographs and paintings, including a large number of self-portraits. The Bonnard display is interesting, but Rembrandt is one of the Old Masters, a brilliant star of the Northern Rennaisance. In terms of artistic impact, they are hardly comparable, but each has his merits. You can easily see both in one afternoon; two for the price of one.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 July 2023
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PUMBRIDGE
London, UK2,066 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Visited the Triennial show at the NGV, and was amused by some of Yoko Ono’s installations as part of a 100+ artist show where the quality varied from humdrum to exalted. Free to enter
Written 24 February 2024
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Murty C
Columbia, MD78 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
I had only one hour to visit this famous arts museum and decided to visit their international gallery (on the south side of the Yarra River), which was having a triennial exhibition of new works from around the world. It was a dazzling exhibition and made me want to come back again. Especially to see their copy of “The Great Wave off Kanazawa”.
Written 13 February 2024
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mgatien
Ottawa, Canada30 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
A great collection of interesting art. I spent a couple of hours touring the galleries and exited feeling inspired by art. Worth a visit, for sure.
Written 27 January 2024
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CodyDC
Washington DC, DC5,933 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
This was my first time visit to the International art gallery as part of my first visit to Melbourne, so this would be my one and only visit. The visit started off nice, especially as it was a rainy day. The impressionist gallery was nice but small collection. However, I did not like the flow of the museum as you had to double back several times which is not great. The other disappointment was a few of the galleries that I wanted to visit were closed. When I asked the Info desk about certain paintings like 17c European paintings she pointed me to a place on the map, where I had to advise here the gallery was closed.
Written 6 January 2024
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,268 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Spacious museum with an outstanding collection of Venetian glass, English porcelain, Gandharan Buddha statues, Sisley, Pisarro and an incredible Toltec Chacmool. They could not escape lamentation about the "black bodies" and the inevitable inclusion of substandard art based on gender/race but this is to be expected. Nice garden, stained glass roof.
Written 21 November 2023
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Nigel
London, UK15 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
As with many modern galleries, the building is more impressive than the collection. Even more so when many floors are closed and galleries are cordoned off in preparation for new exhibits.
Persevere though and you might stumble across some great pieces by both established artists like Rothko and Reubens, and lesser known but fascinating artists like Nazgol Ansarinia.
It’s a real mess of paintings, decorative arts, and crafts, so it sometimes feels not so much curated as arbitrary.
Worth a visit on a colder day.
Written 31 October 2023
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Kule Dude
Bromsgrove, UK989 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Our third visit to the Gallery and each time there were different exhibits to enjoy.

This time we looked at the 17th & 18th Century European art. From a distance the paintings looked similar to what we would expect to see in the major British galleries, but on closer inspection found the artists had names I hadn't come across previously. And that was no bad thing. Well worth the visit.
Written 12 October 2023
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reeceyb
Chichester, UK1,636 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We only came here to see the incredible roof and I have to say it was worth it just for that alone it’s incredible to look at we splayed and looked at it for at least half an hour
Written 12 October 2023
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soundsverygood
South Pole425 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Wasn't expecting much but then encountered such a diverse and valued range of artworks. It was the cultural highlight of our trip to Melbourne. Well done NGV.
Written 20 August 2023
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Johnstanno
Singapore, Singapore375 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Free to visit, but you need to and could deposit your bag and jackets at the counter. Lots of art exhibition that we really enjoy. There are also seats around to rest your tired legs after all the walk. It should take you around 1.5hr, at a leisure pace, to finish all the exhibitions. Take it slow and enjoy!
Written 2 August 2023
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