Bastille Day at the NGV

Bastille Day at the NGV

FRANCE The storming of the Bastille prison and the arrest of its governor, Bernard-René de Launay, 14 July 2020 (Prise de la Bastille et arrestation du gouverneur M. de Launay, le 14 juillet 1789) (1789) oil on canvas 57.0 x 73.0 cm Versailles, musée national du château (MV 5517) © RMN (Château de Versailles) - Gérard Blot

To celebrate Bastille Day this Saturday, July 14th, the NGV International will be open until midnight with all tickets to the current winter masterpiece exhibition Napoleon: Revolution to Empire only $10 each from 5pm till midnight (until sold out more details here). As well as the Napoleon exhibition there are a range of programs. Some highlights include:

Tours of the NGV

Heroes and Legends Volunteer Guided Tours at 5.30pm, 6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm & 8.30pm - Free, Meet Foyer, Ground Level

NGV Collection Highlights Volunteer Guided Tour 5.30pm, 6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm & 7.30pm - Free, Meet Foyer, Ground Level

Director’s Final Tour: Some recent acquisitions & re-attributions 9–10pm - Join Dr Gerard Vaughan, NGV Director on a Roaming Tour of the NGV Level 2 galleries - Free, Meet Foyer, Ground Level


Introductory Talk – Napoleon 5–5.45pm, 6–6.45pm & 8–8.45pm

Gain insights into Napoleon and the rise and fall of the Empire in this illustrated introduction to the exhibition. $7 at Ticket Desk - Clemenger BBDO Auditorium

Director’s Lecture: Some Reflections on Napoleon’s Taste - 7–7.45pm

Join Dr Gerard Vaughan, NGV Director for a lecture about Napoleon’s taste.

Free, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium

Download the brochure Bastille Day NGV (pdf) for full details of the event.