Art Gallery of Ballarat
Art Gallery of Ballarat
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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An interesting and dynamic regional gallery where there is always lots to see. Upstairs, the gallery collection is definitely worth a visit, as the Gallery holds one of the best regional collections in the country and is always looking for interesting, thought-provoking ways of displaying it. Downstairs there are temporary exhibitions, with at least four open at any one time.
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Jennifer S
4 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Friends
Great collection, very informative guided tour. Would highly recommend this regional gallery, an unexpected find.
Written 13 November 2023
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Gr_Taylor
Adelaide, Australia186 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Friends
We went for the Ballarat International Foto Biennalle which, as usual, was very special. Much of the main program was displayed in the Art Gallery and the way it was curated was exemplary. Then went up to see the more permanent collection on the first floor. Very interesting. The staff were exceptionally helpful so highly recommend.
Written 18 September 2023
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Roz K
Niddrie, Australia23 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Couples
The gallery was excellent, and was great to visit over a few days. I stayed nearby and had quite a few things booked here and there, and found myself spending time in the gallery between activities.
Written 18 June 2023
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Simon255093
Verdun, Australia85 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Couples
This is the best regional art gallery we have been to. Exhibits, staff and building are all outstanding. The pre-raphelite exhibition added to an already great morning.
Written 17 June 2023
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markandrich
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
Apr. 2023 • Couples
A unique and hidden gem - who would have thought one bloke about 130 years ago had the foresight to create such a lasting brilliant space for the community. The people that look after this should be commended a truly wonderful place to go
Written 5 April 2023
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia15,743 contributions
Mar. 2023
My wife and I visited this Gallery recently during our holiday in Ballarat.

The Art Gallery of Ballarat is the oldest and largest regional art gallery in Australia. Established in 1884 as the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, both the building and part of its collection is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and by the National Trust of Victoria.

The most important of the founders of the Gallery was undoubtedly James Oodie, known at the time as the 'Father of Ballarat'. He was one the first gold diggers to arrive in Ballarat and stayed to make a fortune as a real estate agent and a banker.

He remained a major benefactor of the Gallery throughout his life, gifting over 100 artworks. Oodie believed in the power of art to inspire the people of Ballarat, to educate and lift them up in their everyday lives - a philosophy that continues to guide the Gallery today.

The Art Gallery of Ballarat collection is arguably the best outside the state capitals. The collection numbers over 11,000 paintings. works on paper, ceramics, sculptures and furniture from the 1800 to today. The Gallery can only display 2% of the collection at any one time and will be changing regularly to bring more works to light and show them in new contexts.
Written 24 March 2023
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wendymN7106QY
Kobe, Japan11 contributions
Feb. 2023 • Couples
Fabulous, friendly and informative. Well worth the hour or so to go through. It's free as well! Certainly should include a visit if you're going there.
Written 20 February 2023
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Swisshen
Perth, Australia2,323 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Solo
This is the second time I have visited this Art Gallery and still found this I had missed the first time. You should start in the Original Gallery which exhibits paintings purchased at the time of the museum’s opening. Then’Place Gallery, ‘Country Gallery and finally the ‘Disruption Gallery.
There is Norman Lindsay’s Sitting Room and some of the families works on display downstairs.
The current exhibition’Beating About the Bush’ is a mix of old and modern take on ‘Impressionist Art’.
Sadly the cafe closed during the pandemic and never reopened. The gift shop is well stocked with lots of goodies.
Written 27 December 2022
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Andrew L
Perth, Australia148 contributions
Nov. 2022
Lovely gallery and one of the better regional galleries in Australia. A good selection of earlier paintings , a contemporary exhibition and a nice blend of older and modern paintings based on themes. We were pressed for time and probably more time would have given us a better appreciation

Lovely gift shop and amazing staff, all with a passion for the institution
Written 18 November 2022
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jayawardena67
Melbourne, Australia27 contributions
Oct. 2022
Fantastic free gallery, small but very impressive art collection. You could view it all in less than an hour and walk out inspired. Staff were very helpful
Written 11 October 2022
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm