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Arranged across two sites, the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) represents one of the most comprehensive reviews of Australian and international art in the world.
The NGV International in Melbourne’s Southbank cultural quarter houses over 66,000 artworks from Europe, Asia, America and Oceania. On display are priceless paintings by world-famous artists including Picasso, Manet, Monet and Correggio, alongside less familiar but equally striking works of Australian provenance. The gallery also hosts major touring exhibitions which bring masterpieces of European, American and Asian art to the city for a limited period.
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in nearby Federation Square specialises in Australian art, with a unique collection of work dating from the colonial period of the late 18th and 19th centuries through to the present day. Here you can admire paintings, photography, textiles and decorative arts from the hands of indigenous and non-indigenous artists and craftspeople, and trace the development of Australian “impressionist” art through the famous Heidelberg School, whose members strove to give their work a uniquely Australian character.
Both buildings are architecturally interesting in their own right. The angular glass-and-steel Ian Potter Centre is one of the more spectacular ultramodern buildings around Federation Square. In complete contrast, NGV International dates from 1861, making it Australia’s oldest art gallery. Its imposing grey exterior is softened by the surrounding water features, and one of the world’s largest stained-glass ceilings casts bright shards of colourful light onto the entrance hall.
NGV International is open every day except Tuesday, and the Ian Potter Centre every day except Monday. Both venues are closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day. Admission to the permanent collections is free but tours and audio guides involve a charge and some temporary and touring exhibitions carry an entry fee. The two galleries are close to each other and can be easily reached from the main train terminal at Flinders Street Station.
This family-friendly Melbourne aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, steps away from Collins Street, Yarra Riverfront and Flinders Lane. SEA LIFE Melbourne and Bourke Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 9 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Street, SEA LIFE Melbourne and Yarra Riverfront. Flinders Lane and Hardware Lane are also within 10 minutes. Flagstaff Station is 9 minutes by foot and Spencer Street Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Hardware Lane and Queen Victoria Market. Melbourne Central and Emporium Melbourne are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 2-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Southbank Promenade and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Federation Square are also within 15 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 11 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 20 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Central and Queen Victoria Market. Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne Cricket Ground are also within 3 mi (5 km). Flagstaff Station is 6 minutes by foot and Spencer Street Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment building is steps away from Eureka Skydeck 88, Yarra Riverfront and Eureka Tower. Melbourne Arts Centre and Flinders Lane are also within 10 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 8 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 18 minutes.
This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Princess Theatre and Queen Victoria Market are also within 1 mi (2 km). Flinders Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 17 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is steps away from Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre and Yarra Riverfront. Eureka Tower and Eureka Skydeck 88 are also within 5 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 18 minutes.