See Art for Free at National Gallery of Victoria

in Australia

The National Gallery of Victoria is so full of art, it needed two campuses in Melbourne to house it all.

The NGV International and its sister site, the Ian Potter Centre, are home to a stunning array of international and Australian pieces.

The National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road opened with a modest collection in 1968. Today it’s doubled in size and been rechristened NGV International. The new moniker reflects its focus on art from around the globe. There are more than 60, 000 pieces from artists in America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania, making NGV International’s collection arguably the largest assortment of international art in Australia.

Stroll across the Princess Bridge and you’ll reach Federation Square and the Ian Potter Center. It was named after the late Sir Ian Potter, a prominent Melbourne businessman and long time supporter of the arts. It’s thought that the site is the world’s first major gallery exclusively celebrating Australia’s contribution to the global art scene. Indigenous art from William Barak and Emily Kngwarreye, colonial pieces from Frederick McCubbin and Tom Roberts, and modern works from Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, and John Perceval are amongst more than 20, 000 Australian artworks housed here.

Admission to The National Gallery of Victoria is free, although some additional charges may apply for traveling exhibitions. The campuses open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, although NGV International closes on Mondays, and the Ian Potter Center closes on Tuesdays. Both sites are closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday, and open from 1 pm on Anzac Day.

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