Travelling is a good way to learn about a landscape’s culture, history, and its locals. But usually, there’s not enough time to do everything you had in mind. Except perhaps a visit to the museum, which could reveal all three in one fine afternoon. You may be left with aching feet, but rest assured, the inspiration and invaluable knowledge you gain from the experience will well be worth it!
One of the many countries that have a great and interesting history is Australia. With an area of 7.692 million km2 and a population of more or less, 24 million, your two-week holiday may not be enough to cover what you have to learn about the country. But planning a visit to local eateries, public places like parks and supermarkets, and especially visiting their museums could help you learn a lot. There’s nothing like a curious browse through an art gallery with quality exhibition showcase display.
Australian Museum, the oldest museum that probably documented the most history and had the oldest collection of anything Australia, is undergoing a whole year renovation. Therefore, it is closed to the public. In the meantime here is a list of the best museums and fine art galleries in Australia.
Art Gallery of the New South Wales
Located in Sydney, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of the largest art galleries in Australia. It opened to the public in 1873 showcasing Australian, European, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art with its most recent addition, the Asian art. The Pacific and West contributions complete the collection as it features contemporary and photography.
National Gallery of Victoria
Established 52 years ago, in 1967 by the Australian government as a national public art museum, the National Gallery of Victoria is one of the most visited and is one of the oldest galleries. With a 166,000 collection of artwork, the gallery had to expand twice. At present, two buildings house the entire collection safe and secure. NGV International houses an extensive collection from Asia, America, Europe, and Oceania. The Ian Potter Centre, on the other hand, is where all Australian art come to shine, inclusive of both indigenous and non-indigenous pieces gathered from colonial times to the postmodernism and current era. Have a glance at its magnificence through a virtual walk made available here.
Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
GOMA, Queensland Cultural Centre’s extension, is the largest gallery of modern and contemporary art in Australia. The youngest of it all, established in 2006, ironically has had its first purchase to add to its collection, was made in 1895. This gives way to the infusion of the new with the old with the help of the Sydney-based company who is responsible for the gallery’s overall design, Architectus. In July 2002, the Queensland Beattie Government commissioned an Architect Selection Competition because of the need to design a second site complimenting the Queensland Cultural Centre located at Brisbane. The former civic precinct’s design features a pavilion in the landscape which assumes a position of both the hub and the anchor. In 2007, Architectus was awarded the RAIA Nat’l Award for Public Architecture for the design of GOMA. Also, with a floor area of 25,000 m2 (275,000 ft.2), it houses Australia’s first purpose-built cinematheque.
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
Quite different from a traditional museum the Museum of Old and New Art or MONA. Many visitors had compared it to a pharaoh’s pyramid because of the appearance and a Batcave because its floor area extends into the underground. Its art and exhibits are quite en pointe and highly stimulating since it denotes facts and politics. A famous label for MONA is the “Subversive Adult Disneyland” because of its central themes of sex and death.
Australia has numerous museums and galleries with colourful and culturally diverse collections of intricate artefacts being displayed and protected by fine museum display cabinets, friendly for the whole family. What’s more, is that most of these museums have free admission and are ready to accommodate any inquisitive mind or minds on a holiday trip. Reserve an afternoon to visit one of the museums on the list and be inspired