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, and Official Supplier Canson Australia.
Tips for experiencing art and the Gallery with young children
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.
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. Let your child take the lead!
Give your child the camera and ask them to take photos of what interests them. After your visit you can review the images together.
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.
Look for the children’s art work labels and read them together.
Ask open-ended questions about the art, such as “What is happening in this picture”.
Ask questions about your visit afterwards.
Provide pencils or crayons at home so that your child can draw their experiences.
FACILITIES FOR FAMILIES
NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia are fully pram accessible and you are welcome to take your pram into Gallery spaces. Any large bags that are not stored underneath prams will need to be cloaked.
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.
Family-friendly food options are available at Gallery Kitchen and Tea Room. You are also welcome to bring food from home to eat in the 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 works of art on display.
Baby change facilities are available on ground level at both venues. At NGV International, a dedicated parents’ room provides a quiet space for families plus private feeding space and a microwave.
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.
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.
• 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.