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Dunedin Public Art Gallery

30 The Octagon, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 3-474 3240
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Particularly liked the artworks by New Zealand artists

Situated right at the Octagon, this art gallery is a delight to visit. Making very good use of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A Y
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Hong Kong, China
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A cultural gem in the heart of the city!

Visitors must visit the Art Gallery. The wealth of art in the Gallery is a testament to the wealth... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
anthony19482014
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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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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+64 3-474 3240
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 March 9, 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 March 6, 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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Reviewed February 25, 2018

We both enjoyed the old paintings on the ground floor and there are even some from the great masters. I found some of the paintings really enjoyable to see the talents of painters 100's of years ago. Spent a good 45 minutes wondering around. Then...More

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Reviewed January 24, 2018

I have to say we really enjoyed most of the first floor. The 2nd Floor - Gordon Walters New Vision is his take on Aboriginal, um, cubism? The four black lines with the white in between type work just doesn't touch my soul. The 3rd...More

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Reviewed January 18, 2018 via mobile

Free entry, helpful staff. Wonderful use of an old building that used to be a department store. Well done Dunedin. Thank you

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Reviewed January 11, 2018

The Dunedin Public Art Gallery is free to visit and right on the Octagon in the center of town, so we took a few minutes to check it out. Though its front entrance is understated, the building interior is well laid out in interesting ways...More

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Reviewed December 4, 2017 via mobile

Disappointed all up about 50 pieces consisting of straight lines or coloured blocks all painted. Would I recommend NO. Rated 4/10

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Reviewed November 16, 2017

The Dunedin art gallery is a well funded and organised group with a modern and well kept building. They're curatorial style is to my liking. I made sure to visit on my second trip to Dunedin and I will visit again should I be in...More

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