Australia’s most visited art museum sprawls over two venues. The entrance to NGV International, architect Sir Roy Grounds’ monumental St Kilda Road edifice, is marked by the famous moat and circular water wall. Inside, the gallery is home to seasonal blockbusters such as the Winter Masterpieces series. In the permanent galleries, stellar examples are drawn from a collection of over 70,000 works of art from all periods and regions. Whether it’s dynastic China or ancient Greece, Rembrandt or Hockney, Hogarth or Warhol, the depth of the NGV’s holdings almost guarantees a moving encounter with art.

Across at Federation Square, NGV Australia mounts excellent exhibitions focused on notable Australian artists and important themes or scenes, such as the Heide Circle. Icons of Australian art history such as Tom Roberts’ Shearing the Rams, Frederick McCubbin’s The Pioneer and John Brack’s Collins St, 5p.m. can be discovered on the walls of the collection galleries.