The Art Gallery of Western Australia#8 in Best Things To Do in Perth
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Founded in 1895, the Art Gallery of Western Australia contains a trove of paintings and sculptures, prints, installations, craft and more. Its permanent collection contains upward of 17,000 pieces and receives the most acclaim for its focus on indigenous and nonindigenous Western Australian artists. The gallery also showcases a rotating roster of traveling exhibits.
Not only were recent visitors impressed by the gallery's collection of indigenous art, but they also appreciated the air conditioning and shade the gallery provided on hot days. Reviewers were also captivated by the building's modern design and its well-curated permanent collection.
The art gallery occupies three buildings on the southeastern corner of the Perth Cultural Centre, just east of the Kings Park & Botanic Garden. The art gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Monday. It's closed on Tuesdays, and though the gallery is free to visit, it does ask visitors to consider making a small donation. The Art Gallery of Western Australia is located in the city's cultural district and accessible from the Perth railway station. For more information, visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia's website.
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#1 Kings Park & Botanic Garden
According to visitors, Kings Park & Botanic Garden can hold its own among the world's best parks – including Central Park in New York, El Retiro in Madrid and Stanley Park in Vancouver. Not only do the park's various sections feature more than 3,000 varieties of trees and plants, from red-flowering gum trees in the Fraser Avenue Precinct to bushland-specific flora, fauna and fungi, but there are also playgrounds, playing fields, cafes and picnic areas. What's more, the park's Rio Tinto Naturescape, due to open in 2018, will feature a creek for paddling, a rock pool for wading, and rock climbing and scrambling spaces too.
Travelers and locals alike adore this park's expansive walking paths and its ability to appeal to everyone from families to retirees. Others say the views of the city from the walking paths, especially from the raised Lotterywest Federation Walkway, are just "fabulous," as are the shade and breeze on hot summer days.
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