Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat

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The largest regional art gallery in Australia, heritage-listed Art Gallery of Ballarat was established in 1884. The gallery houses major collections covering the history of Australian art from the early colonial period to the present day. The building, the oldest purpose-built gallery in Australia, was designed in the Renaissance Revival architectural style, and had its foundation stone laid in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Stop by to see the works of a number of Australia’s most notable artists, or plan your visit for one of many special events offered here, such as lunchtime art talks and creative workshops, suitable for art lovers of all ages. Before you head to Ballarat, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Ballarat driving holiday planner, to make sure you see all that Ballarat has to offer, including Art Gallery of Ballarat.
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  • This regional gallery is worth stopping in Ballarat just for a visit. Excellent Early Australian section. The Skulls Exhibition was on during our visit and it was well worth the entrance fee. Will ret...  more »
  • Visited the gallery for the romancing the skull exhibit and utterly enjoyed the artwork on display. Great use of space and colour.  more »
  • We don't normally visit art galleries but this was recommended to us - and we enjoyed the time we spent there. A lovely collection of paintings: landscapes, portraits, colonial and more modern and ver...  more »
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  • Very well positioned gallery in beautiful old building. Fantastic exhibition, cafe and shop.
  • This was fantastic ,well presented ,huge variety including the visual 3 D experience well worth the visit and highly recommended by a skull enthusiast
  • Visited for the David La Chapelle exhibition and loved the gallery's permanent collection as well. It's an impressive place for the visitor.
  • A wonderful collection of art. Just walking into the entrance to the. Gallery one feels the lure of the building and what it contains.
  • Free art gallery. Excellent Australia art

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