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Art galleries

Melbourne is home to more than 100 art galleries, ranging from large public galleries to smaller independent commercial galleries and artist-run spaces.  However much time you've allowed for exploring the city's galleries, double it.

Major public galleries

Melbourne's compact Arts Precinct is home to four of city's the biggest and best galleries: the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia – the world's first major public gallery dedicated to Australian art – NGV International, Buxton Contemporary and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Independent galleries and artist-run spaces

Discover groundbreaking works by local and international artists in galleries and cooperatives all across the city. Top spots to explore include the CBD's Flinders Lane and city-fringe suburbs Fitzroy, Collingwood, Prahran and Windsor. Slightly further afield, Armadale is well worth a visit for its high-end commercial galleries.

Sculpture gardens

For art in the outdoors, wander among the sculptures at the Heide Museum of Modern Art and Herring Island, or explore the city's public art.

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Art galleries