NGV’s Van Gogh Hits Record 420,000 Visitors

09 July 2017

The National Gallery of Victoria’s Van Gogh and the Seasons has welcomed more than 420,000 visitors, making it the most popular ticketed exhibition in the gallery’s 156 year history.

Van Gogh and the Seasons tops the previous record holder, the NGV’s 2015/16 summer exhibition, Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei which attracted 399,127 visitors.

With three days before it leaves Melbourne, Van Gogh and the Seasons was originally scheduled to close on Sunday 9 July but was extended to Wednesday 12 July, with extended opening hours due to extraordinary demand.

Over the weekend the gallery welcomed thousands of visitors through the night with a special 24-hour viewing of the exhibition. For its final days it will be open from 8am until 11pm.

Part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, Van Gogh and the Seasons – the 22nd Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition - has been a drawcard for Victorian audiences of all ages and visitors from across Australia and beyond.

With something to offer all year round, NGV’s next drawcard will be The House of Dior fashion exhibition which will open in August followed by the NGV Triennial – a major free summer exhibition featuring the work of 60 contemporary artists and designers from more than 30 countries.

For more information about Van Gogh and the Seasons, or to buy tickets, visit

Visitors are encouraged to book ahead and allow time for queues.

Quotes attributable to the Acting Minister for Creative Industries Jenny Mikakos

“To attract more than 420,000 visitors in just over 70 days is extraordinary, and shows why NGV is one of the top 20 galleries in the world.”

“Van Gogh and the Seasons has brought many thousands of visitors to our state demonstrating the pulling power of great cultural experiences and the tourism and economic benefits they bring.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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