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Melbourne Art Galleries Walking Tour (Self Guided), Melbourne

Melbourne is a fascinating city and is the cultural center of the state of Victoria and the country. You can see aborigine art only in a handful of countries among which is Australia. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most popular art galleries and centers of contemporary Australian art.
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Guide Name: Melbourne Art Galleries Walking Tour
Guide Location: Australia » Melbourne (See other walking tours in Melbourne)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Australia Center of Contemporary Art
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Blindside Gallery
  • Outre Gallery
  • RMIT Gallery
Australia Center of Contemporary Art

1) Australia Center of Contemporary Art

The Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (ACCA) is Melbourne’s premier gallery for contemporary art and is well known for its innovative and thought provoking visual art installations. It proudly presents art by Australian and international artists and what makes it different from most art galleries is that it does not have a permanent collection. Instead it commissions new works that are especially created for the ACCA space. This makes the centre a dynamic and ever evolving art space that always offers something new and exciting to the visitor.

There are five programs on offer each year and the scale of some of the art works is impressive. Past exhibitors have included: Mike Nelson, Viv Miller, Fiona Tan, Nike Savvas and many more exciting and provocative artists. Along with the installations, there is always a lot happening with a kids program, artist talks and workshops. You generally do not have to book to take part in any of the activities on offer at the ACCA. Located at Southbank, just across the Yarra River from the Melbourne CBD, the ACCA is easily accessible to visitors. It is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and on weekends from 11am to 5pm – admission to the centre is free.
National Gallery of Victoria

2) National Gallery of Victoria (must see)

The National Gallery of Victoria was established in 1861, making it Australia’s longest running public gallery. When it was opened, the Victorian Gold Rush was in full swing and the colony was awash with money, which led to many large bequests and donations to the gallery. Today, it has more than 65,000 pieces in its permanent collection, among which are pieces by international artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Tintoretto, Bernini, Uccello and Veronese. The gallery is also intimately connected to the Australian impressionist movement of the 19th century, known as the Heidelberg School and has some very famous pieces by Frederick McCubbin.

As well as its impressive permanent collection, there is always a full program of visiting exhibitions planned too. Past installations have included Dutch Masters, Caravaggio, Dali and Picasso. One of Picasso’s pieces was famously stolen from the gallery in 1986 in protest against poor arts funding – it was later found in a railway locker. As well as visiting to appreciate the art on the walls, there are always classes and workshops on for adults and children and guided tours and talks help to develop your artistic appreciation and understand more about the creation of the pieces you see before you.

Why You Should Visit:
Regularly home to Australia's biggest and finest art exhibitions.
The free one-hour tours (10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm) are totally worth it.
Plus it's always nice to sit near the fountain or enjoy the High Tea in the upstairs restaurant.

Buy tickets online as ticketing is rather slow and understaffed at the gallery.
Only 30 headsets are available per tour. You must go to the Info Desk one hour before the tour and collect a laminated ticket to claim your place.
Not taking the tour? Well then, to see the most interesting contemporary art pieces, start at the top. The lower floors are mostly classic religious/portraits/tableware.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Blindside Gallery

3) Blindside Gallery

At Blindside Gallery you will see the most innovative art created by artists belonging to Melbourne and to other states. It encourages young artists to be creative and innovative. There are also works by well-known Australian artists.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12-6pm (during exhibition program). Closed on public holidays
Outre Gallery

4) Outre Gallery

Melbourne offers all types of existing art. Tourists can simply walk along the streets and contemplate the latest trends in art. Outre displays extraordinary living wonders of the new art age. Here you can buy pieces of contemporary art by emerging artists.
RMIT Gallery

5) RMIT Gallery

RMIT Gallery is a small gallery hidden in the center of Melbourne. If you want to see the most vibrant art and design gallery, go to this place. It holds the most unique exhibitions covering all aspects of visual culture and shows fashion, fine art, craft, new media innovations, etc. RMIT Gallery is situated in Storey Hall which is a world famous example of architectural innovation.

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