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, Emperor of the French and Charlemagne, King of the Franks

Jacques Louis DAVID
French 1748-1825

Although a thousand years (literally) separate Napoleon and Charlemagne, they have a lot in common: both ruled France; both created empires that united much of Western Europe; both crossed the Alps via the Great Saint Bernard Pass to invade northern Italy; both married the daughter of the king whose army they conquered in northern Italy – Napoleon to Marie-Louise, the daughter of the Austrian Emperor, Francis I, and Charlemagne to Desiderata, the daughter of the King of Lombardy, Desiderius; Charlemagne was the first Holy Roman Emperor, crowned in 800 and Napoleon dissolved the Holy Roman Empire in 1806. They are like matching bookends to 1,000 years of French history. Kooky coincidence or fickle fate?