Victoria's public galleries house some of Australia's most important colonial and contemporary works, while private galleries, both large and small, showcase the works of talented local artisans and craftspeople.
The birthplace of Australian Modernism is at Heide Museum of Modern Art, located 15 minutes from the Melbourne CBD. It was here that artists Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker and others translated Australian Modernism. The permanent collection features many fine examples of their work.
The National Gallery of Victoria occupies two homes within the one magnificent arts precinct. The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square exhibits pieces from the gallery's 20,000 Australian art works. NGV International on St Kilda Road is home to the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces and a breathtaking four-level venue displaying collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American Art.