From our team here at NGV, we would like to express our very best wishes to our community at this time. We are currently closed to the public and will reopen on Saturday, 27 June, 2020.

In line with Victorian Chief Health Officer’s guidance, the NGV will implement a variety of public health and physical distancing measures including free timed ticketing, appropriate queue management and increased deep cleaning of facilities, as well as increased hand sanitiser stations.

We encourage you to continue to visit our website and follow #NGVEveryDay on social media for updates on our reopening and daily inspiration.

We are very grateful for the loyalty of the NGV community and look forward to welcoming you back soon.


Napoleon at the Great St Bernard Pass

Thomas Charles NAUDET
French 1773-1810

When you visit the Napoleon exhibition, look closely at the small black & white drawing by Naudet of Napoleon crossing the Alps at the Great St Bernard Pass, and amazingly you will find a French soldier giving a titbit to one of the famous Saint Bernard dogs!  The dogs that Napoleon saw when he crossed the Swiss Alps in 1800 are not the same breed that we recognize today. The original breed was established by 1707, but severe blizzards of 1813 and 1816 almost wiped out the breeding stock. To compensate, the priests of the St Bernard Hospice introduced Newfoundland dogs into the mix, which produced the current breed. Unfortunately the thicker, heavier build and coat of this dog made it unsuitable for traipsing through thick snow.