National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)


From 1 June public galleries in Victoria are able to re-open.
We have compiled a list of gallery re-opening dates HERE, however we suggest you check with individual galleries for any changes to their visitor hours or procedures.

Continue engaging online: you can continue to engage with public galleries from home. Visit our list of online experiences HERE

GALLERY NGVA The Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia at Federation Square Photo Brooke Holm

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia.

Situated over two magnificent buildings – NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia – the Gallery hosts one of the finest collections in the world, a wide range of exhibitions, programs and events; from contemporary art to major international historic exhibitions, fashion and design, architecture, sound and dance.

We warmly welcome you to share in these riches, developed at the NGV for us all to enjoy.

Permanent Collection

Founded in 1861, today the NGV holds the most significant collection of art in the region; a vast treasury of more than 70,000 works that span thousands of years and a wealth of ideas, disciplines and styles. The collection is yours, and it’s free.

Online collection
getting to the gallery

NGV International
By Tram

Swanston Street/St Kilda Road trams (1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72) travel past NGV International. Alight at the Arts Precinct stop.

By Train 
Arrive at Flinders Street Station and walk across the bridge past the Victorian Arts Centre.

By Car 
Parking is available in the Victorian Arts Centre car park located beneath NGV International. Enter from Sturt Street, Southbank, accessed from St Kilda Road/Southbank Boulevard and Alexandra Avenue/City Road.

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
By Tram 

Flinders Street trams (70, 75, City Circle) and Swanston Street/St Kilda Road trams (1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72) travel past Federation Square. Alight at the Flinders Street stop and enter via Federation Square.

By Train 
Flinders Street Station is adjacent to Federation Square.

By Car 
Parking is available at the Federation Square Car Park. Enter at the corner of Flinders and Russell Streets, or from Batman Avenue (Exhibition Street extension - City Link)



The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia; The Russell Street extension is the best entry point for wheelchair access.

Lift access to The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is available from the Federation Square Plaza. It arrives at the automatic doors, located at the Gallery’s entrance through the Federation Square atrium. Escalators are also available.

Lift access to NGV International is available from the Arts Centre underground car park. It arrives at the front entrance of the NGV.


Lift, Ramp and Escalator Access
There is a lift inside NGV International, with access to each floor and ramps are also provided throughout the building. Escalators are also available.

Please note there is no down escalator at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchairs are available free of charge from the Information Desk at both NGV International and NGV Australia. We advise booking a wheelchair prior to your visit, please phone: 03 8620 2222.

Wheelchair access is available in our Auditorium, Theatre, Studios and Education Theatres as well as throughout the gallery spaces.

Hearing Loops
Hearing Loops are available in the Clemenger BBDO Auditorium at NGV International and in the Theatre at NGV Australia.

All statutory signage includes Braille and raised letters for our vision–impaired visitors.

Guide Dogs and other registered assistance dogs
Guide Dogs and other registered assistance dogs are welcome at the NGV, in the gallery spaces and to all programs.

cafe & gallery shop


Eating at NGV InternationalPersimmonOpen: 11am–4pmTelephone: 61 3 8620 2434Enjoy the very best seasonal produce while overlooking the NGV garden.  Bookings recommended.

Gallery KitchenOpen: 10am–5pmEnjoy lunch in Gallery Kitchen and try the specials of the day.

Tea RoomOpen: 10am–3.30pmTelephone: 61 3 8620 2431Tea Room, located on Level 1, offers a modern interpretation of a timeless tradition. Macarons, éclairs and a delectable array of cakes and savouries, are all handmade by our team of talented pastry chefs.

Eating at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV AustraliaCrossbar CaféOpen: 10am–5pmCrossbar Café provides a modern and bright area to take a break during your visit to the gallery. A view of the Yarra River complements the light snacks, coffee and beverages on offer.

Gallery Shop

NGV design store, NGV InternationalOpen: 10am–5pmTelephone: 61 3 8620 2243

NGV design store at Federation Square, NGV AustraliaOpen: 10am–5pmTelephone:  61 3 8662 1543

The NGV collaborates with leading local and international artists, designers and makers to offer unique contemporary products. Take home your piece of the NGV today.

Home page image: Baccarat Tsar, candelabrum at the entrance to the 19th Century galleries, NGV International. Photo NGV Photographic Services.
Cover image: The Waterwall, NGV International. Photograph by  NGV Photographic Services.
Above Image: The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia at Federation Square. Photograph by Brooke Holm.

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
T: 61 3 8620 2222
W: ngv.vic.gov.au

Opening Hours
Open 10am–5pm daily 
Check NGV website for public holiday hours.

General entry is free. 
Some exhibitions are ticketed. Check NGV website for details.
Get Directions

NGV International
180 St Kilda Road 

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Federation Square 


left to right 

Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garçons, Japan (fashion house)
Japan est. 1992
Junya Watanabe (designer)
Japan born 1961

Coat, jumper, leggings and boots 2006 autumn–winter, 2006–07
cotton, wool, nylon, acrylic, leather, metal (embellishments)
69.0 cm (centre back) 42.0 cm (sleeve)
75.0 cm (centre back) 80.0 cm (sleeve)
22.0 cm (waist, flat) 92.0 cm (outer leg) 71.0 cm (inner leg)
25.5 x 10.0 x 29.0 cm (each)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Promised gift of Takamasa Takahashi 

Tao, Comme des Garçons, Japan (fashion house)
Japan 2005–2011
Tao Kurihara (designer)
Japan born 1961
Dress 2009 autumn–winter 2009
polyester, rayon; cotton, polyester; polyester; wool, mohair, nylon
(a) 33.0 cm (centre back) 31.0 cm (waist, flat)
(b) 61.0 cm (centre back) 59.0 cm (waist, flat)
(c) 62.5 cm (centre back) 32.0 cm (waist, flat)
(d) 63.0 cm (centre back) 30.0 cm (waist, flat)
e-f) 11.0 x 9.0 x 26.0 cm (each)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 
Gift of Takamasa Takahashi through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2017 (2017.156.a-f)

Comme des Garçons, Japan (fashion house)
Japan  2005–2011
Rei Kawakubo (designer)
Japan born 1942
Dress 2003 Extreme Embellishment collection autumn–winter 2003–2004
cotton, plastic zipper, metal zipper, metal hook, fabric fastener
133.0 cm (centre back) 44.0 cm (waist, flat)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Takamasa Takahashi through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2015 (2015.124)
Collecting Comme
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
31 Oct 2019 - 30 Aug 2020
Dusty Diddle
An Index of Childhood Memories, Anger
and Intervention 2019
fine-liner and calligraphy pen on
cardboard pieces inside a found set of
metal drawers
41.0 x 26.8 x 61.0 cm
Eltham High School
© Dusty Diddle
Top Arts 2020
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
13 Mar 2020 - 31 Jan 2021
Taniguchi Fumie
Preparing to go out 1935
six panel folding screen: ink and watercolour on silk,
lacquer on wood
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Kevin McDonald and Eunice McDonald Bequest and NGV Foundation, 2019
© Estate of Taniguchi Fumie
Japanese Modernism
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
28 Feb 2020 - 4 Oct 2020
Ivan Durrant 
Yellow cow 2001
synthetic polymer paint on composition board
92.0 x 120.0 cm
Collection of the artist
© Ivan Durrant
Ivan Durrant: Barrier Draw
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
1 May 2020 - 25 Oct 2020
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