National Gallery of Victoria

Founded in 1861, The National Gallery of Victoria is Australia’s oldest and most famous art museum. Between 1851 and 1860, the Victorian colony and its capital, Melbourne, became Australia’s largest and wealthiest city throughout the Golden Rush. With its effervescent growth came calls to establish a public art gallery. The gallery was designed by Sir Grounds in 1968 and later redeveloped by Bellini before its re-inauguration in 2003. The gallery’s collection is a combination of both gifts and donations. Alfred Felton donated the Felton Bequest in his will, which from 1904 to the present, purchased over 15.000 art pieces.