The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne

4.6
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Showcasing exclusively Australian art, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia boasts nearly 25,000 pieces by both indigenous and non-indigenous authors from the Colonial period to contemporary times. Sir Ian Potter, a businessman and philanthropist, founded the center, which occupies a landmark building on Melbourne's major cultural square. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, drawings, fashion, textiles, and decorative arts are displayed across more than 20 galleries. Look for the iconic triptych "The Pioneer" by Frederick McCubbin. A modern cafe on the third floor offers views of the Yarra River. Put The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and other Melbourne attractions into our Melbourne travel route builder app, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Worth visiting for the unusual architecture alone; however, our tastes in art was better suited to the NGV across the river. The staff were excellent about giving us pointers for visiting lovely...  more »
  • The Ian Potter Centre at the NGV has the best collection of Australian modenist art in Melbourne. 'Modernism' is a flexible term, but it essentiailly runs from the interwar period to the 1970s...  more »
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  • Amazing museum. Lot of classic and modern Australian Aboriginal art. I spent there few hours because they have lot of very interesting expositions that I wanted to see on detail. People at the museum are very professional and polite and always available to help you. Very tidy and clean museum. It's for free (unless specific temporary expositions) and it's a must if you are visiting Melbourne ❤️
  • The Potter Gallery has most major Australian artists on display, from Nolan to Smart. The collections are rotated frequently, allowing many revisits. Contemporary artists can occasionally be confronting, and exhibitions are a mixed bag, and should be considered based on your tastes. The gallery itself is spacious, well lit, and has plenty of seating if your feet and or hips get a bit tired. There is also a cafe on the top floor, plus a gift shop on the ground floor. Highlyrecommended, and it's free 😁👍
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