07 January 2011

Melbourne - National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria is also commonly known by its acronym NGV. It is one of the oldest and largest public art gallery in Australia. Since December 2003, NGV has operated across two sites – NGV International on St Kilda Road, and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square. Both of these sites are easy walking distance from the Royal Botanic Garden.

The photos above are those of the NGV International. For details about the NGV history, collections and even about a Picasso theft, click here.

Aside from the various art works on permanent display, the touring exhibitions happening on the day or the architecture of the gallery itself, what interest me most this morning is one of the three places to eat at the NGV International.

Don't get me wrong, all the exhibits ....over 65,000 artworks, Western and Eastern collections, ranging from paintings, antiquities, sculptures to photography, multimedia and decorative arts are worth the time to explore the NGV. All these are open to the public for FREE. The touring exhibitions however do require entry tickets.

However, after the "energetic" morning walk through the Royal Botanic Garden, I thought it is about time for some brunch (breakfast and lunch together), so that is how we come to know about The Tea Room, located on Level 1, overlooking The NGV Shop.

As advertised, The Tea Room offers a modern interpretation of a timeless tradition, the Afternoon Tea. Said to be first introduced by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, it was later made popular by Queen Victoria.



  1. Love the tea there. Good place to meet with friends.

  2. Years ago I walked past the Gallery with a friend from New Zealand as we were walking by she sid This gallery was built and is based on the measurement and design of Noah's Ark I said no way However she we will go in ask the girl at the info desk immediatly said Yes it was true and that's what the moat represents the water on which the ark floated and the rain falling 40 days and nights is represented by water continually falling down the big glass windows. I Know what I heard but I have been back since and it is always denied. They almost seem horrified at this suggestion does that mean God must be real and they then have to acknowledge him I don't understand why the cover up this truth

    1. I drove tour coaches around Australia and a lot of tours around Melbourne. Several years ago the coach drivers were instructed not to talk about Nor mention the history of the NGV and how Roy Grounds designed it on the measurements Noah's Ark according to the book of Genesis, because it might upset tourists who have other religious beliefs. That's why you'll find most deny it now. Although a lot of us rebelled and made a point even more so, of talking about it. It's our country, our history, stuff them. That was our motto at the time !!


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