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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.

The NGV Kids program is generously supported by The Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, managed by Equity Trustees.



Installation view of New York! New York! for Kids at NGV International.


9 JUN – 7 OCT 18

Featuring interactive displays, multimedia projections and hands-on activities, NGV presents New York! New York! For Kids to coincide with MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art.


MoMA at NGV for Kids

During your visit to MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, you will find many different portraits and pictures inspired by people and the body.

Many artists make portraits of people they know well, such as friends and family, and most artists make self-portraits to show how they look and feel at a particular moment. Artists may also make portraits of people they have not met, such as celebrities or strangers.

When artists make portraits, they not only show us what someone looks like, but they may also show how they feel about them. The colour of the paint or the location they are photographed can provide clues about who the person is inside, not just how they look on the outside.

Let’s discover some of the portraits you will find during your visit to the exhibition.


Vincent van Gogh
Dutch 1853–90
Portrait of Joseph Roulin 1889
oil on canvas
64.4 x 55.2 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. M. Burden, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rosenberg, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Mr. and Mrs. Armand P. Bartos, The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection, Mr. and Mrs. Werner E. Josten, and Loula D. Lasker Bequest (all by exchange), 1989
Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2018

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh painted this portrait of his friend, Joseph Roulin, who worked in the post office in Arles, a town in the South of France. Joseph is wearing a blue uniform and his hat says ‘Postes’, which is the name of France’s postal service. Behind Joseph is green wallpaper, covered in swirling flowers and dots of cream paint. Vincent often put this green and blue together in his paintings. He used colours to express his mood or feelings.

Come face to face with Joseph during your visit to the exhibition.


Frida Kahlo
Self-portrait with cropped hair 1940
oil on canvas
40.0 x 27.9 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Gift of Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., 1943
© Frida Kahlo Estate/ARS. Licensed by Copyright Agency, 2018

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo painted fifty-five self-portraits in her life, and they all tell stories about her experiences and feelings. This painting shows Frida just after she cut her hair during a time when she was feeling sad and angry. Even though Frida was unhappy, she was determined to continue painting.

During your visit to the exhibition, look for the music notes and song lyrics in this portrait.


Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Marilyn Monroe 1967
screenprints, edition of 250
91.5 x 91.5 cm (image and sheet) (each)
Publisher: Factory Additions, New York
Printer: Aetna Silkscreen Products, Inc., New York
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Gift of Mr. David Whitney, 1968
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / ARS. Licensed by Copyright Agency, 2018

Andy Warhol

Growing up, Andy Warhol loved Hollywood movie stars and went to the cinema with his friends almost every weekend. For this work, Andy selected an image of the famous American actor Marilyn Monroe, and used it to make a series of portraits in different colour combinations.

In the exhibition, all nine portraits of Marilyn are displayed together, so that we see the same image again and again.


Rineke Dijkstra
Dutch born 1959
Almerisa, Asylum Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands March 14, 1994
chromogenic colour photograph
35.0 x 28.0 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Horace W. Goldsmith Fund through Robert B. Menschel, 2005
© Rineke Dijkstra

Rineke Dijkstra

This photograph is from a series by Rineke Dijkstra, which shows the same person, Almerisa, at different stages in her life. For this photograph, Almerisa put on her best dress and sat on a red chair with her feet dangling above the ground.

Visit the exhibition to view photographs of Almerisa growing up, and eventually having a child of her own.




These social scripts or social stories are designed to help children on the autism spectrum and their families prepare for their visit to the Gallery. Developed in consultation with AMAZE, these scripts can be downloaded and edited so that families can tailor them to their particular visit.

Download Social Scripts for NGV Australia

Download Social Scripts for NGV International

Let's Draw at the NGV

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. There is a free water fountain located at Gallery Kitchen.

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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