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National Gallery of Victoria: The Ian Potter Centre and NGV International, Melbourne

Federation Square
Swanston Street (at Flinders Street)
Australia 3000
Tel: 61 3 8620 2222's insider take:

Federation Square's Ian Potter Centre houses the nation's largest repository of Australian art, with some 25,000 works. The three floors of gallery space include an exhibit hall with a nearly comprehensive overview of indigenous artwork, including some spectacular Tiwi Islander works. Upstairs, there's a collection of Australian Impressionist, colonial, and 20th-century art. A second museum, NGV International, is located across the river at the gallery's original home in St. Kilda Road, Southbank. Here, the eclectic exhibits include Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and pre-Columbian antiquities, as well as paintings, photographs, and prints by latter-day masters like Albrecht Dürer and William Blake. Don't miss Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles, one of the NGV's more controversial buys, now worth a small fortune. The gallery's tranquil sculpture garden has works by Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin (180 St. Kilda Rd.; closed Tue.).

The National Gallery of Victoria is closed on Mondays. NGV International is closed on Tuesdays.

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