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Art Gallery of Western Australia

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Neighbourhood: Perth CBD
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Address: James Street Mall Via Roe St | Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, Perth, Western Australia 6003, Australia
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+61 8 9492 6644

Founded in 1895, the Art Gallery of Western Australia has the pre-eminent...

Founded in 1895, the Art Gallery of Western Australia has the pre-eminent holdings of Western Australian art, craft and design from 1829 to the present. Our collections and exhibitions offer visitors exciting encounters with the art of Western Australia, traditional and contemporary Australian Indigenous art and the art of the world. Entrance is free, donations are welcome. We’re located in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre and easily accessible from the Perth Train Station.

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You'll need a few hours

This gallery has a range of exhibits, most of them with free entry. The "Spice trail" exhibition ($15) was on when we visited and this made for a fascinating 2-1/2 hours. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 January 2016
Keith A
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

This gallery has a range of exhibits, most of them with free entry. The "Spice trail" exhibition ($15) was on when we visited and this made for a fascinating 2-1/2 hours. The aboriginal art section is both beautiful and moving whilst many fine pieces can be seen throughout the other areas. There were also a number excellent children's activities when... More 

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Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

The Art Gallery is very well laid out exhibitions that are easy to access. It is part of a historical precinct within walking distance from the Centre of Perth.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016

It was a good way to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon in perth. Most of it was free and there was alot to see. Plenty of different artists work . Some very interesting ones the abstract as well. There were also exhibits of pottery and smoother things including a very realistic one of two people where you were expecting them... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

We saw the exhibitions when they were divided into years of purchase, this was a terrific idea and was a pleasure to walk around. Each gallery had a different time frame so the changes to art could also clearly be seen. The gallery staff were easy to interact with if you had any queries, so different from the "stand offish"... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

The art gallery is not those traditional type. The entrance will need to be paid to view for gallery. Overall, is average.

Thank Zhifa
Greater Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Excellent afternoon or mornings entertainment. Worth a look while in the centre of Perth. Has some awesome exhibitions

Thank Jane J
Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

I find the art gallery a bit of a waste of time. But, I prefer the traditional galleries with masterpieces and landscapes. Pictures I can study for a while and see wonderful expressions, colours and contrasts. The WA gallery has a lot of so-called modern offerings that one has to pay for. I find much of this abstract stuff a... More 

Thank davethegolfer
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015

Although a small gallery there is a wide range of works to suite all tastes. Downstairs in the Centenary you will find the older works of art - McCubbin etc. Often there are excellent exhibitions running and at present there is a fantastic exhibition on called Treasure Ships, Art In The Age Of Spice. This is definitely worth a look.... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015

The permanent collections are always a treat to view then there are also regular special exhibitions, some of which you have to pay for. Not open on Tuesdays. The Art Gallery coffee shop is a good place to relax after a viewing.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2015

We visited the Treasure Ships exhibition. Fantastic items and extremely interesting history. It took us an hour or two to see it all. Highly recommended. The rest of the gallery is just a gallery.

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