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By Richard Moore

National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria, AustraliaMelburnians are a very lucky lot when it comes to the arts. Within five minutes walk from the city centre they have three magnificent art galleries to visit - and all are free entry.

The major house of art is the National Gallery of Victoria, which was the city's original premium gallery and opened in 1968.

It is a short walk or tram ride down St Kilda Rd and is a large block building that from the outside hides well the treasures within.

The only clue that you are about to enter an extraordinary place is the glass-wall water curtain at the entrance.

National Gallery of Victoria, AustraliaKids, and adults, can't resist running their hands along it.

Inside are gallery after gallery of truly stunning works that will delight the eye and the mind.

There are tens of thousands of pieces at the NGV - a whole world of international art, as the gallery says.

There is European, Asian, Oceanic and American art brought together into one of the most impressive collections housed in the Southern Hemisphere.

National Gallery of Victoria, AustraliaAnd since the NGV's collection has been divided between it and the Ian Potter Centre, which has the Australian and Indigenous art collections - then there is room to display most of the gallery's pieces.

One that had been hidden, sorry stored, for years was the marvellous Napoleonic image The 28th Regiment at Quatre Bras by Elizabeth Thompson (Lady Butler).

I'd only seen it once on the walls of the gallery over the years but on our recent visit bowled up to the information desk, they ran a check and said it is here.

So off I went and tracked it down. It made my visit to the NGV.

National Gallery of Victoria, AustraliaThe coloured-glass ceiling of the gallery's Great Hall also needs to be seen.

It is one of those wonderful examples of creativity that beg you to sit, or lie, down and just look at it in a relaxed manner.

Just magnificent.

The NGV is family friendly and this has never been more obvious than the new artwork just inside the entrance.

It is blue and the size and depth of a public paddling pool and filled with white bowls that float around sometimes clanging into each other.

The sound is delightful and the visual appeal makes this for a perfect spot to just sit and contemplate.

National Gallery of Victoria, Australia180 St Kilda Road
Open 10am–5pm
Closed Tuesdays
Open all public holidays except: Christmas Day & Good Friday
Open from 1pm ANZAC Day.



The Ian Potter Centre

The Ian Potter Centre, Victoria, AustraliaFederation Square isn't only Melbourne's funky new meeting place, but it is home to both the Ian Potter Centre and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

The IPC concentrates of Australian art - both from colonial master painters and modern classics to indigenous artworks from Aboriginal artists.

It certainly has a wow factor, both in the building design and the collection on show.

I particularly loved the Australian masters works - Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin - and those done by the Heidelberg School.

The Ian Potter Centre, Victoria, AustraliaThey were the art history subjects I grew up on and while I really enjoyed the modern pieces on show, it was these works that had me thinking I was in a major art gallery.

Federation Square
Cnr Russell & Flinders Streets
Open 10am–5pm
Closed Mondays
Open all public holidays except: Christmas Day & Good Friday
Open from 1pm ANZAC Day.


Australian Centre for the Moving Image


If movies are your thing then take the time to stop in to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

The centre takes you into the world of Australian movies and television with screenings, exhibitions and workshops.

You can catch movie classics, enjoy state-of-the-art cinemas or take part in a huge variety and number of events that the ACMI hosts.











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