Melbourne’s art culture is one of the finest in the world, and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to galleries. If you are an art lover, try to get a mix of smaller, boutique galleries as well as the larger ones, to make the most of your trip. A branch of the National Gallery of Victoria (NVG), the Ian Potter Centre exhibits a dazzling array of Australian art. Temporary and permanent exhibitions showcase sculpture, prints, photography and fashion, from indigenous pieces, to representations of the Industrial Revolution, and modern pieces. Entry to the permanent exhibitions is free, but you will need to buy a ticket to visit the temporary installations.
If urban art is more to your taste, visit Hosier Lane, whose cobbled walkways are lined with gritty installations and graffiti. Bold silhouettes are used to portray counter-cultural and political opinions with a good dose of satire. If you visit, take pictures while you can, as the works change on a regular basis.
Over the past forty years, collectors Leah and Charles Justin have amassed an impressive collection of modern art. The pair’s home is in itself an art form: the zinc-clad, geometric structure was designed by Elisa, their daughter. The home doubles as the Justin Art House Museum, with pre-booked private tours of the home and impressive collections.