NGV 150 pARTy

Happy 150th Birthday NGV!

Sat 28 & Sun 29 May

Come and celebrate the National Gallery of Victoria’s 150th anniversary at the NGV 150 pARTy Weekend – it’s free and everyone’s invited!

Download the NGV 150 pARTy Souvenir Map and 150 pARTy Guide

NGV 150 pARTy

OUTSIDE THE BUILDINGS

Download our Souvenir Map and take The Journey between NGV International and NGV Australia to see how local artists and community groups have responded to some of the most loved works in the NGV Collection. When you see the orange balloons, you know you’re on the right track.

INSIDE THE BUILDINGS

Be one of the first visitors to NGV Kids Space, our new dedicated kids’ gallery at NGV International.

Take this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of artists by visiting the many great exhibitions on offer including ManStyle, Top Arts: VCE 2010, This Wondrous Land: Colonial Art on Paper, Deep Water and Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed. pARTy Weekend is also the perfect time to see the magnificent new acquisitions to the NGV Collection as part of the Felton Bequest over at NGV Australia.

Top off pARTy Weekend celebrations with an evening of live music and great food and wine – all on offer at pARTy after dark Enjoy an excellent selection of indigenous cabaret at NGV Australia until 9pm then head over to celebrate with Combo La Revelacion, Dan Sultan and The Bamboos at NGV International until midnight.

Take your pick from these all day Programs

NGV Tours
Get up close and personal with the Gallery by joining the NGV Voluntary Guides for an NGV Story tour. There are also family tours led by NGV Educators for young visitors.
Visual describing and Auslan interpreted tours will be available at selected times during the weekend.

My Top Ten Talks
Join Melbourne personalities including Ruby Rose and Charlie Pickering along with other art lovers to discover the ten best loved works in the NGV Collection as voted by the public in the My Top Ten online competition.

NGV Journey Talks
Outside both Galleries you can take the NGV Journey to see artist responses to works in the NGV Collection. Throughout the weekend you can come inside to see the originals and hear about them from NGV Curators, Conservators and Educators.

NGV Collection Talks
A great opportunity to hear from NGV experts and art enthusiasts about iconic highlights of the NGV Collection.

NGV pARTY after dark 
Top off the NGV 150 pARTy Weekend festivities with an evening of live music and great food and wine – all on offer at pARTy after dark on Saturday night, across both gallery venues.

NGV Films
Watch two ABC documentaries telling the story of the NGV in 1968 and again in 2011

NGV Kids
Art Sparks will transform the Great Hall at NGV International into a hands-on workshop for kids and their parents. Or spend some time with Artcart, which takes place amongst the galleries at NGV Australia. Be one of the first to visit NGV Kids Space, our new dedicated kids’ gallery at NGV International, when it opens its doors on Saturday 28 May. Free self-guided activities will be on offer there all weekend.  ABC 774 will be broadcasting LIVE from the NGV Kids Space between 8.30am and 11am on Saturday 28 May.

My Top Ten Trail
Embark on a self-guided journey of the top ten works as voted by the public in the recent My Top Ten online competition.
Keep an eye out for the special gallery labels to help you find the works. You’ll also be able to read what some voters had to say about their favourite works in the accompanying wall labels. Pick up your copy at the Information Desk.

NGV pARTy Friends

the Arts Centre
Federation Square P/L
Department of Education & Early Childhood Development
Victorian College of the Arts


NGV 150 pARTy after dark

Top off the NGV 150 pARTy weekend celebrations with an evening of live music, roving entertainers and great food and wine – all on offer at pARTy after dark.

Go to NGV 150 pARTy after dark

Food and Beverage

Enjoy a huge array of food on the weekend from gourmet sausages and pies, homemade soups and lunch boxes just for kids.

The Tea Room and Gallery Kitchen will be open 'til late for NGV pARTy after dark.

Persimmon restaurant will be open for lunch and will be celebrating pARTy After Dark with a five course degustation dinner.

Go Persimmon for 150th Anniversary Degustation Dinner info

How much do you love your NGV? Enough to send us a birthday card?

We're inviting you to do just that: be inspired by our 150th & send us your birthday wishes via card, poem, diorama – whichever form you please.

In return, we’ll post them as our Facebook tile & in our Happy Birthday album for the rest of our birthday month of May!

You can send your message via email or in the post Happy Birthday, PO Box 7259, St Kilda Road VIC 8004.

Go to Facebook album

2 for one NGV Membership offer

During our 150th pARTy weekend on 28 & 29 May, purchase any NGV Membership and receive another absolutely free.

Go to NGV Members for more information