With cobble-stoned streets winding their way through a plethora of art galleries, Melbourne is a city renowned for its art and culture. From masterpieces by Rembrandt to avant-garde street art gracing the walls of the narrow lanes, there is an artist palette to please every individual’s palate.

Hiring a car in Melbourne is a wonderful way to embark on an art pilgrimage through the city. Turn your map into a blank canvas and begin your journey through these marvels of art!

National Gallery of Victoria 

There is no better place to commence the pilgrimage than here. You can be delighted by two separate buildings showcasing artworks by both international and local professionals.

Located at 180 St Kilda Road, the walls of the NGV International boast historic works from the 14th century such as Giovanni Toscani’s ‘Adoration of the Magi’. This tempera painting by Toscani uses the beauty of gold leaf to make the light reflect and dance around the wood panel, enabling viewers to be transported into the world of Renaissance Italy.

From masterpieces by Rembrandt to avant-garde street art gracing the walls of the narrow lanes, there is an artist palette to please every individual’s palate.

For those wanting to admire the works of esteemed Australian artists, the NGV Australia at Federation Square is the place to go. This collection is housed in sleek, industrial architecture – the building is a work of art in its own right.

Currently, there is an exhibition about Australian artists and their response to war between 1914 and 1945, a timely and poignant theme given the centennial of the First World War.

Hosier Lane

Nothing delights the senses more than the intricate, detailed and ever-changing street art along this lane. An explosion of kaleidoscopic colour and a feast for the eyes, this lane is full of artists spray-painting and creating works live and in front of onlookers.

Due to this, the walls are like an immortal canvas, constantly updated and evolving as new artworks are added over time. Edgy graffiti meets realistic portraiture paintings on the bricks.

Contemporary art 

Once you have seen these, unleash your inner explorer and art critic by walking into some of the contemporary art galleries dotted around most streets. Taking this spontaneous trip can provide you with the thrill of discovering a new brushstroke or painterly style that touches your soul, and offer a chance to collect artworks by up-and-coming artists.

In a decade or so, you might find that your instinctive eye has led to investing in one of the biggest names in the art world.

There is  a palpable joy in seeing art created before your very eyes in Hosier Lane.
There is a palpable joy in seeing art created before your very eyes in Hosier Lane.