Impossible to Get Bored
It’s just a couple of train stops from Richmond station to get to the National Gallery of Victoria’s Federation Square. That’s just one of the many reasons the boutique accommodation at 381 Cremorne is ideal for a short or long stay. Access is superb.
If you’re up for a lovely walk, and have the time, you might even like to explore the trails that criss-cross the Yarra River, skirting the Melbourne Cricket Ground and all the impressive sporting venues, joining Princes Walk to approach the architecturally stunning Fed Square building from behind (which is actually its best side).
The full name of this part of the National Gallery of Victoria in Federation Square is The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. It’s where you’ll find one of the best collections of Indigenous art in the country.
It’s where, too, you’ll see the panorama of Australian art, as well as contemporary exhibitions of design and innovation.
What’s good about the Ian Potter Centre is it’s impossible to get bored. Just finding your way around is like a game of chance. It’s got so many different levels and corners, every space offers a new perspective.
Both NGV Australia and its big sister, NGV International (across the river within a five minute walk) are free entry, except for special exhibitions. Both are open 10am to 5pm with NGV Australia closed on Mondays, NGV International closed on Tuesdays.
Federation Square is also home to ACMI – the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. That’s always got a brilliant exhibition on – everything from David Bowie to Dr Seuss – and it’s also free, except for special shows.
Fed Square is the best of all worlds. It’s busy, popular, lively and very classy.
[Photo: JWC Adam, Creative Commons]