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Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia showcases one of the best collections of Australian art in the country. The building itself is as much a work of art as its exhibits, constructed from two overlapping wings forming a slightly crooked X and offering constantly shifting views, with glimpses of the Yarra and the parklands through the glass walls in the southern part of the building. Traditional and contemporary indigenous art is displayed in four galleries on the ground floor; historic and modern Australian collections are housed on the second floor; while the galleries on the third floor are reserved for special temporary exhibitions. The stylish Crossbar café on the third floor has views of the Yarra and serves good snacks and drinks.