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NGV (National Gallery of Victoria)
The NGV is an institution, as any Melbournian well knows, and if you haven’t yet been, you need to. The NGV is Australia’s oldest and most cherished museum, filled with stand out works, as well as being known for their incredible exhibitions, and they have Friday night jazz sessions! The NGV understands that art is inclusive and provides the standing art collections free of charge.
Lyon house museum
Looking to visit something a little different? Lyon house-museum is definitely the place to be. This private residence founded by patrons Corbett and Yueji Lyon, is open to the public on designated days of the year, as well as running private tours, you must book online in order to visit. Offering a unique and thrilling experience of entering someone else’s home, not merely as a guest, but as a spectator of art. Lyon currently houses a collection of over 350 works, and if you are a fan of architecture, you will appreciate the residence as a work of art, designed by architect Corbett Lyon himself. This museum pays homage to Melbourne's diverse art culture, it would be a shame not to visit.
You will find refuge in Gertrude Contemporary, established in 1985 this converted warehouse exhibits unique and experimental contemporary art. Artists are encouraged to explore and utilise the generous space provided in the gallery. There are multiple exhibiting rooms filled with a collection of work from renowned artists. The exhibitions change on the regular, so there is always something new and wonderful to see each time you visit. Though entry is free, it is always great to contribute a small donation to support ongoing works.