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Updated by Melly Brooke on Feb 01, 2016
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Top Free Art Galleries in Melbourne – Cosmopolitan Hub of Victoria

Melbourne is a fabulous city that embraces many cultures and traditions; this is reflected in the chic galleries and studios scattered throughout. The best of these are open free to the public.


State Library of Victoria

Located along Swanston Street this vintage building is not just a library; for one whole floor of the Victorian building is reserved for the best of Australian art. Browse through Prints, paintings, sculptures, photography and ceramics. While you are at it consider honing up on your chess playing skills as well – all for free.


Anna Schwartz Gallery

Anna Schwartz is quite an imposing force in Melbourne and Sydney. Having Galleries in both cities the revered icon is known to have created and recognised many an artist. Her galleries are well known for hosting contemporary shows with recent exhibits such as; drawings by Peter Booth, photographs by John Young, sculptures by Ian Young and fascinating prints by Mike Parr. Newer bolder exhibits are scheduled for the future.


Australian Centre for Contemporary Art - ACCA

The ACCA is housed within one of Melbourne's most iconic buildings; a red rust edifice that was designed by Wood Marsh. The centre is located next to the Victorian College of Arts and is favoured for its group exhibits. Displays cover photography, sculpture, video, paint, installations and print.

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Sutton Gallery

Sutton Gallery is a cosy little space that exhibits the work of one artist at a time. The space is small and personal making the place an easy browse.Some of the awesome exhibits to watch out for are the paint and photography displays as well as repetitive video work by David Rozetsky projected in a dark room.


Gertrude Contemporary

The Gertrude displays the work of both Australian and international artists. The gallery almost always has a prelude teaser campaign which attracts a number of chic art enthusiasts to gather outside its windows. Giving prominence to new and contemporary designs the gallery is known to display outsized sculptures made of mixed media.


Seventh Gallery

This gallery is run by young artists; it is a non-profit venture that features the work of up and coming artists in Melbourne. The best part of browsing this gallery is coming across the mix of art works by the well-seasoned artists as well as the beginners. The gallery has grown in recognition over the past years.


NGV International

NGV International is Victoria's most popular gallery. It features over 70,000 works of art from all types of media. Although the gallery is well known for its large scale international exhibitions the gallery owned historical exhibits are well worth viewing. The Ian Potter Centre located at Federation Square is part of the NGV exhibiting contemporary, indigenous and colonial works of art.