When your'e a kid one of the most iconic places in Melbourne is the Narional art gallery. Not because of the art, but because of the big water wall. Every kid who has been to the art gallery can remember running their hands along the outside of the wall. Then being disappointed because the water isn't on the other side. You may not remember the paintings and sculptures but I guarantee that you will never forget the water.
The Art gallery is fun, they have a lot of permanent collections . Next to the lobby there is a room with visitors desk and escalators going to the other levels. In the middle of the room is an installation, this time it was a very impressive chandelier sculpture.
We went up the escalator to level one, we would have photos of the Asian art we looked at but The iPad went flat before we could. It was amazing to see these ancient statues and carvings from not only other countries, but other times. There was this glass and porcelain Chinese snuff bottle that was amazing to look at. But my favourite would be a carved lacquer wear Burmese box. It was carved with scenes of a fight between two gods. It had an enscription and the bottom had the makers signature.
The NGA is definitely a good place to go if you have time in Melbourne.