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The National Gallery of Victoria is a place for everyone and warmly welcomes children, teenagers and families.

NGV Kids exhibitions and programs reflect the Gallery’s commitment to providing creative experiences for young people and their families.

By collaborating with contemporary artists and designers, the NGV engages children and young people in the visual arts and with cultures from all over the world, enabling them to experience the diverse and creative ways artists and designers approach their work.

Triennial Highlights


Hands On: We Make Carpets for Kids

Ground level

For the NGV Triennial Dutch art collective We Make Carpets has developed a large-scale interactive project that will transform the Gallery’s dedicated children’s space.

In visiting We Make Carpets, young visitors and their families will be inspired to create new patterns of their own using an array of everyday objects and will encounter the collective’s unconventional approach firsthand.

Watch We Make Carpets on NGV Channel


Yayoi Kusama: Flower Obsession

Ground level

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most celebrated living artists in the world today. She sees the world in dots and she wants you to experience this too entering her world. In creating a new work for the NGV Triennial, Kusama invites you to take a single red flower, and find a special spot in the house to help obliterate all the surfaces with flowers.


Sissel Tolaas: Smellscape Melbourne

Ground level

Sissei Tolaas is a smell designer with a personal library of 7,000 smells and 2,500 scent molecules. For the NGV Triennial we have asked Tolaas to create a smell for our city, resulting in the creation of SmellScape Melbourne, 2017. Tolaas invites you to come, smell her artwork, and see what information and personal memories of Melbourne are awakened during your sensory experience.


Hassan Hajjaj: Noss Noss Studio

Ground level, Gallery Kitchen

Hassan Hajjaj has a long-standing involvement with photography, video, fashion and music and his work evokes African studio portraiture from the 1960s and 1970s. For the NGV Triennial Hajjaj creates a lively experience whereby visitors are transported into a Moroccan tea house with furniture made from found materials, traditional rugs, artist-designed wallpaper, light fittings and a selection of Hajjaj’s vibrant photo-works.


Olga Chernysheva's Drawcard

Ground level

Coming of age during the Soviet Union’s demise, Olga Chernysheva’s artwork draws from day-to-day life in contemporary Moscow and works across video, drawing, painting, photography and text. For the NGV Triennial three of Chernysheva’s delicately rendered pencil drawings with collaged text elements are on display. Using both sophistication and humour, the selected works provide a glimpse into everyday life through a critical and compassionate post-Soviet lens.


Retallack Thompson and Other Architects: Garden wall

NGV Architecture Commission, NGV Garden

For the NGV Triennial the NGV Garden will transform into a maze-like series of open-air passageways, corridors and rooms. This artwork by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects’ is entitled Garden wall, 2017 and it was selected as the winning concept of the 2017 NGV Architecture Commission. Visit Garden wall and see the ways in which architecture can define space, explore function and embody culture.


teamLab: Moving Creates Vortices and Vortices Create Movement

Ground Level

teamLab is an art collective and interdisciplinary creative group based in Tokyo whose members refer to themselves as ‘ultratechnologists’. For the NGV Triennial, teamLab have transformed a large gallery space into an interactive experience that responds as water would to human presence and movement. Come, visit the space, and see what marks you literally leave as you navigate your way through the teamLab experience.

#1 Early childhood specialists recommend keeping visits short. When planning your visit, select a time in the day that best suits the child and their energy levels

#2 You could treat the visit to the Gallery like a walk in the park. Explore the different spaces and discover different art works along the way and remember you don’t need to see the whole Gallery in one visit. Let your child take the lead!

#3 Give your child the camera and ask them to take photos of what interests them. After your visit you can review the images together

#4 Look for aspects of the artworks that relate to the child’s everyday lives and talk about them together. For example, comparing a domestic scene to their home?

#5 Look for the children’s art work labels and read them together

#6 Ask open-ended questions about the art, such as “What is happening in this picture?”

#7 Ask questions about your visit afterwards

#8 Provide art materials at home so that your child can draw their experiences

#1 If you are visiting a paid exhibition, minimise the time your family spends in a queue by buying tickets online before your visit

#2 Avoid queuing to purchase food by bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy in the Great Hall or NGV Garden

#3 NGV Kids exhibitions can be busy. If your child requires a quieter experience, we recommend visiting during quieter periods from 12pm-1pm or 4pm-5pm Monday-Thursday

#4 There are a variety of quieter spaces at the NGV for a rest during your visit: NGV Garden, Great Hall, Parents room on Ground level, Galleries on upper levels of NGV International and NGV Australia


Free NGV Kids activity sheets are available to collect from the Information desk on Ground level at NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

Facilities for Families


Both NGV International and NGV Australia are fully pram accessible and you are welcome to take your pram into Gallery spaces. During busy times at the NGV Kids Gallery, we ask you to please leave your pram in the designated pram parking spaces outside of the Gallery space. Please remember to take your valuables with you.

Time out

The Great Hall and NGV Garden are great places for children to roam, relax, stretch their legs or lie back and gaze at the stained glass ceiling.


Enjoy babycinos and kids lunch boxes at the Gallery Kitchen and Tea Room or you are welcome to consume food from home in the Great Hall or NGV Garden. Bring a picnic lunch! Please remember food and drink cannot be consumed in NGV Kids exhibitions or in other Gallery spaces, for protection of artworks on display and any large bags, that are not stored underneath prams will need to be cloaked.

Change facilities

Both NGV International and NGV Australia are equipped with baby change facilities on Ground Floor. At NGV International, a dedicated parents room provides a quiet space for families plus private feeding space and a microwave.

Other Information

Early Years and School Group Visits

The NGV offers a stimulating and wonder-filled environment for young learners. For groups of early years’ students, the Gallery offers interactive education programs that are developed and presented by experienced educators and align with outcomes in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

  • Cloaking facilities for groups are available at both NGV International and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.
  • Bookings are essential for all group visits, including self-guided visits.
  • Please note that there may be limited access to the NGV Kids exhibitions for groups during periods of peak visitation.

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Ticketed Shows

  • Children under 5 years are free and do not require a ticket
  • Children and young people aged 5 to 15 years are eligible for a Child ticket, see exhibition page for prices
  • Students aged 15 years and over are eligible for a Concession ticket. Remember to bring a valid school ID card.


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.

Families experience the best of the Gallery with NGV Membership

  • A free NGV Kids publication when you join
  • Exclusive programs for children and families
  • 10% discount at NGV design store, cafes and Garden Restaurant
  • Plus all the benefits of NGV Membership for your family or household.
  • Suitable for two adults and three children under the age of 18.

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