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The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) was opened in 1861 and is Australia’s oldest art gallery. The NGV consists of two venues: the NGV International located in Melbourne’s Southbank cultural precinct, and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, in nearby Federation Square.
Before entering NGV International, be sure to appreciate the beauty of the building itself. The gallery’s imposing solid grey exterior is contrasted with the water features that surround it and the waterfall that gently cascades down its glass entrance. Once inside, stand beneath a rainbow of light under one of the world’s largest stained-glass ceilings.
The NGV International houses an extensive permanent collection of more than 66,000 artworks from Europe, Asia, America and Oceania. Browse sculpture, drawings, painting, photography and antiques created by international and domestic artists. The international collection houses works by the giants of the art world, including Bernini, Cézanne, Corregio, Manet, Monet and Picasso. The NGV also hosts major touring exhibitions from Europe, America and Asia.
Just a short stroll away in Federation Square, the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia has a collection devoted entirely to Australian art. The gallery features both indigenous and non-indigenous work from the colonial period (1788-1901) through to the present day. The collection is varied, featuring painting, photography, fashion and textiles, decorative arts and an extensive collection of indigenous work.
The Ian Potter Centre gives visitors a fantastic overview of how Australian art has developed. Of note are works from the famous Heidelberg School, the movement during which local artists strived to encapsulate the key aspects of Australian life, light and nature.
NGV International is open daily except Tuesday, while the Ian Potter Centre is closed Mondays. Both venues are closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Admission is free except for some temporary and touring exhibitions. Tours and audio guides are available at both for a fee.
The NGV galleries are located in close proximity to one another; the NGV International is on St. Kilda Road and the Ian Potter Centre is located in Federation Square. Both are a short walk from Flinders Street Station, the city’s main train terminal.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens and Marvel Stadium. Melbourne Central and Queen Victoria Market are also within 1 mi (2 km). Flagstaff Station is 7 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 8 minutes.
Set within the Southbank shopping/business complex and 200 meters (656 feet) from Yarra River, this modern-style hotel is just across Princes Bridge from the city center and within walking distance of Eureka Skydeck 88. The Victorian Arts Centre, Crown Casino, and Melbourne Cricket Ground are nearby.
Shaped like an open book facing the Yarra River from its Southbank side, this 24-story hotel is located in the Southgate shopping/business complex, 500 meters from Federation Square, Victorian Arts Centre, and Crown Entertainment Complex.
Located in the very heart of the city, the hotel is walking distance to world class shopping, famous theatres, major sporting venues, vibrant entertainment, exceptional restaurants, Crown Casino, and the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Marvel Stadium, and Melbourne Central. Melbourne Cricket Ground and Royal Botanic Gardens are also within 2 mi (3 km). Southern Cross Station is 10 minutes by foot and Flinders Street Station is 17 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium and DFO South Wharf. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Festival Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Southern Cross Station is 6 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 20 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, and Melbourne Central. Emporium Melbourne and Festival Hall are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 4-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Collins Street, SEA LIFE Melbourne, and Flinders Lane. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Bourke Street Mall are also within 15 minutes. Southern Cross Station is 8 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 11 minutes.