National Gallery of Victoria

180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Free

Highly recommended

Melbourne’s passion for art collection began back in 1851, during the Victorian Gold Rush.

Melbourne was the largest and richest city in Australia, and many called for the government to establish a public art gallery.

The National Gallery of Victoria is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia, home to over 70,000 works, stretching over multiple disciplines and even thousands of years – and the best part is, it’s (mostly) free.

You’re welcome to enter and explore; there is a lot to see for no entrance fee. You’ll only need to pay to see the rotating big-name exhibition.

Make sure you visit the stained glass ceiling; it’s the biggest in the world.

For a different kind of art, read our guide to the best street art in Melbourne.