There are actually two parts to the NGV. This one, on St Kilda Road, features the international collection (a newer premises at Federation Square focuses solely on Australian art). Kids love dipping their fingers into the water wall at the main entrance and there’s always a special exhibit where they can explore different themes and often take part in craft activities. Adults should check out the feature exhibitions or ogle Jackson Pollock’s Number 11, 1952 – more commonly called Blue Poles – which caused a huge amount of controversy in 1973 when Prime Minister Gough Whitlam approved its purchase for $1.3 million.
The Arts and Leisure precinct is located on a promenade tracking the Yarra River. Here you’ll find the Arts Centre Melbourne, NGV and the shops and restaurants of Southbank.
NGV | 180 St Kilda Road, Southbank | +61 3 8620 2222