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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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  • The Gallery was open during White Night so we went in after admiring the light show on the facade. The new and old parts of the gallery flow well and this gallery is always worth a visit when in Balla...  more »
  • For a regional Art gallery there is a great collection covering many eras. There is a good collection of Art covering the local area also  more »
  • We were told by a few people that when in Ballarat you have to visit the Art Gallery and now having been there I totally agree. The building is magnificent for a start. Entry is free and the lady at t...  more »
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  • Tha staff is really helpful. I joined the 2 pm free guide tour in the Gallery. The stories behind the paintings are fascinating. The best regional gallery I visited. Has a story line of Ballarat history and local artists. Will definitely visit again in future.
  • We were totally surprised at the quality of this art gallery. It is brilliant! The art collection is amazing. We certainly did not expect to see such a large variety of beautiful works of art by both well-known and less-known artists in a regional gallery. It was certainly worth spending time here!
  • The oldest and largest gallery in regional Australia, established in 1884. The gallery sits major collections covering the history of Australian art from the early colonial period to the present day. The oldest part of the building constructed as a purpose-built gallery between 1887 and 1890, conveys the opulence of the 1880s Boom era. What interested me most was the Ballarat Collonial Art Gallery featuring Australian Art to 1880. The collection of creation of from the first generation of native-born artists, and artists mostly born outside Australia, some of whom arrived as convicts. Most are visualisations of society in the early Colonial period and nascent national identity, conflict, exploration, and the beginnings of Australian self-government: Goldfields and bush rangers.
  • This a beautiful Regional Art Gallery with many interesting works on diaplay. We live in Melbourne but occasionally travel by train to Ballarat for lunch and a visit to the Art Gallery. Taking an official tour adds to the pleasure as the guide gives you lots of information about the history of the paintings.
  • A very fine regional art gallery. Great exhibits in a nice city. I will be back... soon!
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