10 Art Galleries In Melbourne To Explore Massive Art Collection
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Art Gallery Melbourne

1. NGV International
2. The Ian Potter Centre
3. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
4. Heide Museum of Modern Art
5. Footscray Community Arts Centre
6. Linden New Art
7. MARS Gallery
8. Buxton Contemporary
9. Centre for Contemporary Photography
10. Gertrude Contemporary

The art galleries in Melbourne are popular sites to visit which allows one to explore the creative aspect of the city. You find yourself indulged in a great repository of massive art collections varying from traditional artworks like paintings, prints, and sculptures to contemporary and modern artworks. Popular Melbourne art galleries like Gertrude Contemporary and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art are the leading incubator of contemporary artworks of popular Australian as well as international artists. 

The must-visit destination of the Centre for Contemporary Photography is a unique art gallery that exhibits artworks redefining the technological intervention in art.  The National Gallery of Victoria is one of the popular art galleries in Melbourne which represents a massive collection of Asian, Australian, European, and Egyptian Art. The exhibitions of the museum are organized at different buildings like the Ian Potter Center which is specifically reserved for Australian artworks.

Here are some of the art galleries in Melbourne:

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NGV International

  • National Gallery of Victoria is a popular art museum known for its massive international collection of Asian, Australian, European and Egyptian Art.
  • The art gallery Melbourne projects an art collection on its large ground floor, where it also organises the temporary exhibitions. 
  • Some of the famous exhibitions that you’ll come across inside are Freedom of Movement: Contemporary Art and Design & Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse.
  • Apart from the world class collections displays and exhibitions, NGV keeps organising tours, talks, programs for kids, films, late-night openings and performances. 

180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia

10 AM to 5 PM throughout the week.

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The Ian Potter Centre

  • It’s one of the attractive art galleries in Melbourne which houses the Australian art collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.
  • The gallery is a living symbol of the philanthropy of Sir Ian Potter who commissioned the gallery. 
  • There are exhibited more than 20,000 Australian artworks of renowned artisans like Frederick McCubbion, Tom Roberts, Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, etc.
  • This art gallery in Melbourne houses some of the oldest paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and much more. 

Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 

10 AM to 5 PM throughout the week.

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Australian Centre For Contemporary Art

  • One of the most renowned Melbourne art galleries, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art was established in 1983.
  • The current building of the centre is a wooden construction that displays the theme of “Do Art Differently” and was completed in 2002. There is space for four large galleries, a courtyard at the centre where exhibitions are arranged and two rehearsal studios.
  • This art galleries in Melbourne exhibits more than 200 artworks of famed Australian and international artists. The featured Australian artists at the museum are Pat Brassington, Patrician Piccinini, Martin Creed, Barbara Kruger and many others. 

Location: 111 Sturt Street, Southbank, Victoria, Australia

10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Monday.

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Heide Museum Of Modern Art

  • You are welcome to enjoy contemporary and modern collections at one of the most beautiful art galleries in Melbourne, which was started in 1981. 
  • The extensive collection of the museum had been accumulated between the 1940s and 1970s by its founders. The featured artworks belong to renowned artists like Moya Dyring, Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester along with many others. 
  • One of the significant art galleries in Melbourne, it has three distinctive farmhouse-like museum buildings which are separated by gardens and a sculpture park. 
  • The sixteen acres garden displays more than 40 sculptures. The various sections of the garden have been listed in an Indigenous Remnant Conservation Zone. 

Location: Bulleen, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm

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Footscray Community Arts Centre

  • In an unlikely journey at Footscray Community Arts Center you will discover arts of the native communities of the region. 
  • Art is an important medium to acknowledge the presence of these communities who are valued as the makers of culture. 
  • You would also find a huge collection of contemporary arts that is linguistically and culturally diverse. 
  • The exhibits at the art gallery are organised on themes like ‘colonisation and migration’ , ‘first nations context’ , ‘cultural resilience’ and much more. 

Location: 45 Moreland St, Footscray VIC 3011, Australia

Timings: 9: 30 AM to 5 PM between Tuesday to Friday; 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday; Closed on Monday

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Linden New Art

  • Set in the heart of St. Kilda, the art gallery Melbourne is popular for its broad range of collections in contemporary art. 
  • The artworks at the museum display the theme of sustainability and attempts to make its visitors aware of the ongoing ecological crisis. 
  • The collection at one of the most fascinating Melbourne art galleries exhibits a range of collections like a photo collage and  artefacts made from waste . 

Bunurong BoonWurrung Country, 26 Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia

11 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday to Sunday; Monday is closed

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MARS Gallery

  • Enjoy your time at the one of the renowned art galleries in Melbourne which exhibits and promotes the contemporary style artwork of Australian artists.
  • The art gallery was started in 2004 and exhibits more than 71 artworks of artists like Daniel Agdag, Simon Finn and Penelope Davis.  
  • The museum introduces new artists and environmentally conscious state-of-the -art artworks to the world every year at its Art fairs. 
  • The building of the museum has two gallery spaces, a basement with a dedicated three-screen video space, a rooftop sculpture space and a narrow entry passage. 

7 James St, Windsor, (in the City of Stonnington), Melbourne, Australia.

Timings: 10 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday to Saturday. 

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Buxton Contemporary

  • One of the recently established art galleries in Melbourne, Buxton Contemporary is located at the University of Melbourne's Southbank Campus. 
  • The art gallery displays cutting-edge exhibits of the collection of contemporary Australian Art which makes extensive use of installations.
  • The art represented here aims to use it as the foundation for research and further exhibitions. 
  • The various events at the museum include exhibitions on art and science, an introduction to culinary mushrooms, and many other such interesting topics. 

Southbank Boulevard & Dodds Street at the University of Melbourne's Southbank Campus.

11 AM to 5 PM between Wednesday to Sunday.

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Centre For Contemporary Photography

  • Get immersed in an unforgettable experience of witnessing the works of leading contemporary artists whose works are dedicated to photography, video and related fields. 
  • Listed amongst the most interesting Melbourne art galleries, it promotes work that displays the creativity amalgamated with the changes in technology, visual communication and other world events.
  • The gallery presents its exhibitions across the five gallery spaces. 
  • You can participate in several programmes like workshops, artist talks and much more. The museum has its online shop where you purchase some of the art pieces of your interest.  

404 George St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

Timings: 11 AM to 5 PM between Wednesday to Sunday.

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Gertrude Contemporary

  • This art gallery which was founded in 1985, is the leading incubator of contemporary art. 
  • Popular artists like Amrita Helpi, Lisa Warp, Darcey Bella Arnold, Justin Balmain, and Ruth Hoflich present a marvelous collection every year at the museum. 
  • It’s one of the most unique art galleries in Melbourne which amplifies the threshold between the street and the interiors of the gallery partitioned by a glass wall. It invites the people on the street to explore the vast world of art work through an overblown reflective grid.  
Location: 21-31 High St, Preston VIC 3072, Australia

11 AM to 5 PM between Tuesday to Sunday

Entry Fee:
 Around AUD55

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People Also Ask About Melbourne

  1. Which are the most visited art galleries in Melbourne?

    1. NGV International
    2. Heide Museum of Modern Art
    3. Centre for Contemporary Photography
    4. Linden New Art
    5. MARS Gallery

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  2. Which are the best art galleries in Melbourne to visit for free?

    1. National Gallery of Victoria International 
    2. The Ian Potter Centre
    3. Heide Museum of Modern Art
    4. Fox Galleries
    5. Buxton Contemporary
    6. MARS Gallery
    7. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

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  3. What is the best time to explore art galleries in Melbourne?

    The best time to explore the art galleries in Melbourne is during the early hours of the morning when the museums are sparsely crowded. It would allow you to enjoy the exhibits at your own pace and make the most of the experience.
  4. Which is the most popular art gallery in Melbourne?

    The National Gallery of Victoria is the most popular art gallery in Melbourne as it displays a massive collection of 20,000 artworks of Asian, Australian, American, European and Oceanic style.

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  5. What is special about Melbourne city?

    The city of Melbourne which is also referred to as the ‘Sporting Capital of the World” is famous for its cornucopia of entertainment, gorgeous scenery, unique nightlife, and stunning architecture. You would find the laneways of the city decorated with beautiful graffiti, amazing cafes, a huge cultural diversity and mesmerizing bayside. There are several art galleries in Melbourne that will help you explore more about the contemporary art style popular amongst Australian artists.

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