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Dunedin Public Art Gallery

30 The Octagon, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 3-474 3240
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Punches above its weight

Attractive gallery in centre of town with very good collection and current exhibitions. Range of... read more

Reviewed today
WagU2
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Sydney, Australia
Nice gallery

I would recommend coming here as there is a wide array of art from New Zealand and all over the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
JJKiwiKid
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Tauranga
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The Dunedin Public Art Gallery is one of New Zealand's four major metropolitan art galleries. Established in 1884, the Gallery was New Zealand’s first Art Gallery and is renowned today for the richness of its historic collection and its close working relationship with major New Zealand artists. The Gallery houses a signifcant collection of New Zealand artworks covering the period from 1860 to the present. The collection also contains major holdings of historical European art, Japanese prints and the decorative arts. Historical works by renowned artists such as Turner, Gainsborough, Claude, and Machiavelli feature alongside the only Monet in a New Zealand collection and master works by Derain, Tissot, Burne-Jones and internationally acclaimed Dunedin artist Frances Hodgkins. The collection is fundamental to the Gallery’s exhibition programme, but many works of art are also sourced from other public and private collections in New Zealand and internationally. The Gallery presents a wide-ranging events programme of interesting lectures, floor talks, film and video screenings, performances and workshops. There are regular guided tours for key exhibitions or by arrangement. Located right in the heart of Dunedin, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery is within easy walking distance from a large number of hotels and on all major public transport routes. There are disabled facilities, the award-winning Nova cafe, a wonderful shop and free wi-fi in the Gallery foyer.
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30 The Octagon, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
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Reviewed today

Attractive gallery in centre of town with very good collection and current exhibitions. Range of art from impressionists to Italian masters and modern.

Thank WagU2
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would recommend coming here as there is a wide array of art from New Zealand and all over the world. there where interesting and colorful displays inside this large and spacious art gallery. there is also a nice cafe inside the art gallery plus...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was very impressed by the breadth of the collection on display and the interesting curation with a variety of different exhibitions on quite different subjects. I found the exhibition on Cubism especially interesting. The building itself is lovely with great light and space but...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Just off the Octagon the gallery is free to enter. We only had time to look around the ground floor but there were some lovely paintings as well as some strange ones, but that’s art for you.

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

Very well worth a visit. Lots of interesting works of art. Lucky Christchurch to have such a great art gallery.

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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Nice museum with all different kinds of art from all over the world including Australian . Definitely worth it.

Thank Ariella A
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Situated right at the Octagon, this art gallery is a delight to visit. Making very good use of the space of this renovated building, the displays are well laid out. There are a large collection of old and modern artworks by NZ artists and also...More

Thank A Y
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Visitors must visit the Art Gallery. The wealth of art in the Gallery is a testament to the wealth of Dunedin in the 19th century. For a small city there is good representation of some of the old masters. Free entry, with Nova cafe next...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Having done lots of outdoor activities it was lovely to discover this very good Art gallery. As we entered the gallery we were met by a very friendly and informative lady. The displays included some very good New Zealand artists none of whom I knew...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Well thought out art gallery with plenty to see. Easy to take in a bit and return later as it is free.

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