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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  • I love the Australian Impressionists and a lot of the really famous ones are well represented here. We went for the Archibalds but I ended up spending more time in the permanent collection. Great expe...  more »
  • Was an amazing display of works going extremely far back to 500 AD Highly recommend this exhibition and there is a nice cafe part of the gallery for a coffee after  more »
  • Love this place. The art work is so amazing and beautifully presented. I could spend days there. There are many works by both Australian and overseas artists  more »
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  • What a simply stunning gallery. The David LaChapelle exhibition was brilliant and such a coup for the Gallery.
  • Brilliant regional art gallery that hosts an always-impressive photo biennale with surprisingly big-hitting names, eg in 2017 they hosted David La Chappelle's first ever Australian exhibition. Permanent collections are also very worthwhile.
  • Great display of art works. Staff very friendly.
  • We go there at least once every 2 months. The exhibits are all well thought of and portray something with deep connection to the community. A must visit place when in Ballarat
  • Great venue for major works. Loved La Chappelle.

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