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National Gallery of Victoria

From indigenous art to priceless artworks, Australia’s oldest art gallery is a cultural treasure house.

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.

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Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
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    4.4 out of 5 (4308 reviews)

    Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Marvel Stadium, and Melbourne Central. Queen Victoria ...

    Atlantis Hotel, MelbourneAU$87

    21 Jul - 22 Jul

    Atlantis Hotel, MelbourneAU$87
    The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

    The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

    215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
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      4.4 out of 5 (3296 reviews)

      Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Collins Street and Regent Theatre. Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Lane are also within ...

      The Victoria Hotel MelbourneAU$94

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      The Victoria Hotel MelbourneAU$94
      Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

      Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

      328 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC
        4.5 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.4 out of 5 (3638 reviews)

        This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Federation Square, National Gallery of Victoria, and ...

        Rendezvous Hotel MelbourneAU$104

        21 Jul - 22 Jul

        Rendezvous Hotel MelbourneAU$104
        The Langham, Melbourne

        The Langham, Melbourne

        One Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
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          4.7 out of 5 (991 reviews)

          This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located on a river, steps from Southbank Promenade, Eureka Tower, and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Arts Centre and National ...

          The Langham, MelbourneAU$252

          11 Aug - 12 Aug

          The Langham, MelbourneAU$252
          Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands

          Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands

          66 Aurora Lane, Docklands, VIC
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            Travelodge Hotel Melbourne DocklandsAU$89

            21 Jul - 22 Jul

            Travelodge Hotel Melbourne DocklandsAU$89
            Great Southern Hotel Melbourne

            Great Southern Hotel Melbourne

            44 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
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              Great Southern Hotel MelbourneAU$71

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              Great Southern Hotel MelbourneAU$71
              Oaks WRAP on Southbank

              Oaks WRAP on Southbank

              133 -139 City Road, Southbank, VIC
                4.5 out of 5.0
                 
                 
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                Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Southbank Promenade and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Convention ...

                Oaks WRAP on SouthbankAU$143

                11 Aug - 12 Aug

                Oaks WRAP on SouthbankAU$143
                Crowne Plaza Melbourne

                Crowne Plaza Melbourne

                1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
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                  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 ...

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                  Crowne Plaza MelbourneAU$176