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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.

NGV KIDS EXHIBITION

Julian Opie: Studio for Kids

Julian Opie is one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists and has been making portraits since the 1990s. Inspired by the world around him, Julian uses a bold style to record the people he sees, often reducing faces into simple shapes.

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Julian OPIE
Elena rolling her eyes 2015
lenticular inkjet print on transparent synthetic polymer resin
90.4 x 61.1 cm
ed. 19/30
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased NGV Foundation, 2016
2016.215
© Julian Opie/DACS, London. Licensed by Copyright Agency, Australia

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Julian OPIE
Elena rolling her eyes 2015
lenticular inkjet print on transparent synthetic polymer resin
90.4 x 61.1 cm
ed. 19/30
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased NGV Foundation, 2016
2016.215
© Julian Opie/DACS, London. Licensed by Copyright Agency, Australia

Julian Opie: Studio for Kids

Julian Opie is one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists and has been making portraits since the 1990s. Inspired by the world around him, Julian uses a bold style to record the people he sees, often reducing faces into simple shapes.

Find out more

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TIPS FOR EXPERIENCING ART AND THE GALLERY WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

TIPS FOR A LOW SENSORY VISIT

SOCIAL SCRIPTS

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

Prams

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.

Food

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.

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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

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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