Whilst it may have been founded back in 1895, the gallery we see today was opened in October 1979 and is a modern 'brutalist' architecture of straight lines. Whilst it may not be particularly inspiring from the outside, it's a lovely interior of several galleries and where, standing in one, more can usually be seen.
The gallery has at least one blockbuster exhibition per year, including the Venice Guggenheim (2010), V & A Museum, London (2011) and Picasso to Warhol (2012) along with other 'lesser' international artists and local art, including the WA Indigenous Art Awards and 'Year 12 Perspectives'.
The gallery also has its own extensive collection of contemporary, modern, indigenous and historic with most of the older works housed in the Centenary Galleries next door.
Open Wednesday - Monday (closed Tuesdays), 10am-5pm. Free entry except for the blockbuster exhibitions.
The Art Gallery of Western Australia is WA's centre for the arts, craft and culture.
The most recent exhibition, which ended on the 28th October 2007, was the Egyptian Antiquities which came all the way over here from the Louvre in Paris.
Some of the 500 items on display were a carved stone sarcophagus, painted mummy cases, a papyrus scroll from the "Book of the Dead" and even a mummified cat.
The only thing that disappointed me a little was that there was next to nothing to show about the daily lives of ordinary Egyptians. Just basic things like how they lived, what they ate and what with and what they to relax after a hard day building pyramids.
Entry to the Art Gallery of Western Australia is free but a fee may be payable for admission to some major exhibitions such as the Eqyptian antiquities from the Louvre.
OPENING HOURS 10.00am - 5.00pm daily
Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day
Open Anzac Day 1.00 - 5.00pm
A nice art gallery with an interesting mix of main collections and exhibits. Nice way to spend a few hours in Perth.