Visitor Frequently Asked Questions

Are there two National Galleries of Victoria?
The National Gallery of Victoria collection is divided between two sites: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, home to our Australian collection, and NGV International at 180 St Kilda Road, which contains the Gallery's International artworks.

What’s at NGV International?
NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road houses an extensive collection from Europe, Asia, America and Oceania. Works by the European old masters and new acquisitions by upcoming and established contemporary artists also form part of the collection.

What’s at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia?
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is the home of Australian art, presenting Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present day. Works include paintings, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings, sculpture, fashion and textiles, and jewellery.

Who designed the National Gallery of Victoria galleries?

NGV International
The National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road, Melbourne, was designed by Sir Roy Grounds. Officially opened in August 1968, the completed building was in essence true to the 1960 sketch designs that Grounds had prepared after his study tour of galleries and museums in the United States and Europe.

After closing for a four-year, $168 million makeover the gallery re-opened on Thursday 4 December 2003. This massive redevelopment, guided by Italian architect, Mario Bellini, and Melbourne’s Métier3 increased exhibition space at St Kilda Road by 25 per cent. Some of the most admired elements of Grounds’ design were preserved, including the spectacular Leonard French stained glass ceiling in the Great Hall, the Gallery’s entrance arch, and the re-designed Waterwall.

Along with The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square the Gallery now boasts an exhibition space of almost 19,000 square metres.
 
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia opened in 2002 as part of the Federation Square development. The building was designed by architects Lab Architecture Studio in association with Bates Smart Melbourne. NGV Australia is the world's first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art.

Why are you called the “National” Gallery of Victoria?
The National Gallery of Victoria was established in 1861, before the founding of the Commonwealth of Australia. At this time Victoria was a self governing British colony; the name alludes to this period, when Victoria was a separate political entity. The NGV is the oldest and the largest public art gallery in Australia.

NGV Kids

Are there children's activities? 
The NGV has developed a range of free and fee paying programs for children. These vary in duration and complexity and have been designed to provide different skills and experiences in the visual arts.
 
These programs are listed in the NGV Kids flyer, and on the NGV Kids section on this website. For bookings and enquiries about children’s activities please phone (03) 8662 1555 between 10am–5pm daily.
 
There are also a number of art trails and activity sheets available to encourage young children, their families and friends to explore the gallery together.
 

Visitor Information

What are the opening hours?
Please go to Opening Hours and Admissions for a list of Gallery hours, including public holidays.
 
Is there an entry fee?
The NGV Collection of International and Australian art is always free to view. Both galleries also have a number of temporary exhibitions on display that are free. Admission fees may apply for some temporary exhibitions. Please view the What's On Guide for exhibition admission prices, or contact our information staff on 03 8620 2222 (9am–5pm daily).

Where/how do you buy tickets?
Tickets for paid exhibitions can be purchased online or upon arrival at the Gallery from the ticketing desk. The NGV Collection of International and Australian art is free to view.

What payment types do you accept?
We accept cash, EFTPOS, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club cards.
 
Do you accept Group Bookings?
For large groups wishing to arrange a guided tour for a group, please view information about Guided Group Tours for booking enquiries and costs.

Do seniors card-holders discount receive a discount?
Every Wednesday, Australian Senior Card holders are offered discounts. Upon the presentation of a valid Australian Seniors card, cardholders receive concession ticket prices plus a 10% discount on purchases at both NGV Shops and the NGV cafés.

How do I find out about free events and NGV Programs?
The NGV What’s On Guide, a bi–monthly publication, details the current and upcoming exhibitions. Listings of exhibitions can also be found in the Exhibitions Now Showing and Exhibitions Coming Soon section of this website and an overview of programs can be found on the online Programs Calendar.

You can also subscribe to NGV Enews, a free monthly email newsletter that promotes NGV highlights, including news, exhibitions, events and programs.

What are the conditions of entry? 
Admission to the NGV Collection is free. Entry fees may apply to special exhibitions.

On entry, all large bags, parcels, umbrellas or any other items are to be deposited in the NGV cloakroom. NGV reserves the right to inspect any bag, luggage or object upon entry and before entering the NGV Premises. Footwear must be worn at all times to protect you against injury. See Terms and Conditions of Public Entry for full details.
 
Do you have cloaking facilities?
Cloak rooms are free and available at both NGV International and NGV Australia.

Please note that we require you to cloak backpacks, large handbags, and some other items, in accordance with our published Terms and Conditions of Entry.

Are there baby-change facilities?
There are baby-change facilities at both NGV International and NGV Australia. These are located on the ground level of each building, opposite the Information Desk. See Facilities for further information.

Is there a library?
The Shaw Research Library is located at NGV International. It focuses primarily on the NGV Collection and is home to over 50,000 monographs, serials and auction catalogues, audio-visual resources and electronic databases. The library is open from 11am–4.30pm Monday, Wednesday & Thursday each week except public holidays. If you would like to access our library, please contact the NGV Information Desk 03 8620 2222.

If your research is unrelated to the NGV collection you may wish to visit the State Library of Victoria.

Is there a cafe and/or restaurant?
Please refer to Planning Your Visit page of this website for information about cafes and restaurants at the NGV.

Where is the closest car park?
Please go to Getting Here for information on car parking.

Where are the Accessible entries and lift access points?
Please go to Disability Access Information for access information.

NGV Collection

How many works are in the collection?
The National Gallery of Victoria Collection comprises of more than 66 000 works including paintings, sculpture, antiquities, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, furniture, fashion textiles and multimedia. The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest gallery in Australia, established in 1861.
 
How can I find out if you have a particular artwork or artist in the collection?
You can view the NGV Collection online or email enquiries@ngv.vic.gov.au. Please note that not all of the collection is available online at this stage.
   
Are there audio guides?
Audio guides are produced for selected exhibitions. Free Podcasts of these guides are available online or can be hired within the galleries. Please note that personal identification will need to be shown when hiring the audio guide units. Ask at the Information Desk or the Ticketing Desk for more information.

Can I take photos of the artwork?
Visitors are permitted to take photographs with hand-held cameras within the National Gallery of Victoria for personal use, providing they are in a non-restricted area. For more information, please refer to NGV Photography and Filming Guidelines for Personal Use

Valuation and Authentication

Can you value my artwork?
NGV staff are unable to authenticate or value works of art. We suggest contacting the auction houses located in Melbourne as they will be able to assist you. Many provide free valuation services on a weekly or monthly basis.
 
Does the NGV offer an artwork restoration service?
For information about artwork restoration, please contact enquiries@ngv.vic.gov.au or Melbourne University’s Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation department.

NGV Members

NGV Members is the main supporter group of the National Gallery of Victoria. For information on becoming a member, renewing membership and full listing of membership programs and benefits view the NGV Members section on this website.

NGV Schools

For schools and education groups wishing to visit the NGV, please contact the NGV Schools bookings line during weekdays, 12noon–5pm or submit an online bookings enquiry.

Please note that secondary and tertiary student groups wishing to visit any of the Study Rooms must register with NGV Schools.

Can you help with my homework?
We have a large number of online resources available, including podcasts and exhibition information. Visit NGV Schools Resources to view online Schools Resources and Annual Reports for information regarding the operations of the gallery.

Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

How do I get a job at the NGV?
All vacancies are advertised on the Join the Team section on this website.

How can I Volunteer at the NGV?
The NGV accepts volunteers in several areas of the organisation. We recommend that you submit a resume and letter of introduction to one of the following departments:
Human Resources
NGV Members

Alternatively, applications can be submitted by post to Human Resources Department PO Box 7259, Melbourne VIC 8004.

Can I do work experience at the NGV?
The NGV offers a limited number of work experience placements for secondary school students. More information can be found on the Work Experience section on this website.

We also suggest referring to the Arts Victoria website for a list of other government funded Arts organisations to find placements.