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View work by some of Europe’s finest painters along with exhibits that showcase the abundance of talented artisans in New Zealand.

Admire mesmerising pieces by Claude Monet and Jacques Joseph Tissot as well as several of New Zealand’s finest painters at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Discover surreal sculptures and abstract designs among the ever-changing exhibitions that pass through the gallery.

Step into this light, modern space and you might be surprised to learn that you are entering the oldest public art museum in New Zealand. Opened in 1884, it is now one of four major metropolitan galleries in the country.

On the ground floor you will find a section devoted to Frances Hodgkins, whose father founded the gallery. Hodgkins was born and raised in Dunedin and many of her brilliant watercolour works are on display here. Two particular highlights are Maori Girl on a Boat and a charming depiction of Amsterdam dated 1903. Look elsewhere to find an array of pieces from all over New Zealand, some dating back to 1860.

The gallery’s main draw may be the impressive showing by a range of well-known European artists. Among the magnificent works, be sure not to miss La Débâcle by Monet and a number of classical French scenes by Joseph Tissot.

Top regional artists are also represented in the gallery’s constant stream of contemporary and modern exhibitions. After several hours of studying intricate paintings, these abstract and often unusual pieces can provide some exciting variety.

If you get hungry, stop for a meal or snack at the excellent Nova Café. Grab a quick coffee or enjoy delicious food prepared by a team of expert chefs.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery is located close to the Octagon in the center of town. Walk from your hotel or take one of the regular bus services. The gallery is open every day and admission is free. Check the website for information about lectures, workshops and film screenings.

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