inside of NGV

Founded in 1861, The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia's oldest public art gallery.

The NGV currently has two campuses:

  • The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square (opened November 2002); and
  • NGV International at St Kilda Road (opened 1968, re-opened December 2003).

The NGV's collection comprises approximately 70,000 items, including paintings, sculpture, antiquities, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, furniture, fashion, textiles and multimedia. NGV artworks are stored at the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne.

A landmark new Gallery - NGV Contemporary - is to be built behind the existing NGV on Southbank Boulevard in the heart of Melbourne Arts Precinct. The new purpose-built gallery will be dedicated to displaying local, national and internationally significant contemporary arts and design.

Melbourne Winter Masterpieces

This series brings major international art exhibitions exclusively to Melbourne each winter.  More data on the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces.

Key Facts 2019-20

  • Total income - $135.5 million
  • Value of collection - $3.6 billion
  • Creative Victoria's annual operational appropriation - $53.6 million (including additional project operating funding)
  • Creative Victoria's annual capital appropriation - $10.6 million
  • Number of attendances - 2.1 million
  • Number of website visits - 4.3 million
  • Number of students attending education programs - 86,867
  • Number of employees - 346 individuals (equivalent to 286 FTE's)
  • Number of members / friends – 28,807
  • Number of volunteers - 255 individuals, contributing 34,754 hours (equivalent to 4,573 full days)