Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo

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View one of Victoria's best collections of art at Bendigo Art Gallery. Founded in 1887, this gallery stands as one of Australia's oldest. Check the collections of 19th-century Australian and European art, two areas in which the gallery specializes. You'll also find contemporary Australian art, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, decorative arts, and photography. When you finish viewing, stop into the cafe for a bite; visitors speak highly of the food. The gallery puts on many temporary exhibitions throughout the year, so check its schedule while you're in town. Put Bendigo Art Gallery at the forefront of your travel plans using our Bendigo travel route planning tool .
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  • Drove from Melbourne to see this exhibition of the famous Hollywood costume designer. Many wonderful costumes on display with plenty of background information available to read. Relevant videos of the...  more »
  • Went for the Edith Head exhibition but stayed to explore the whole gallery. Very enjoyable 6 hours spent. Some clever curating.  more »
  • As this promotion will end in Jan 2018 go and see it before it finishes it was excellent. The costumes brought back memories of the many movie stars she dressed and the movies. will suit nostalgic buf...  more »
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  • A very good collection, which some visitors might not expect. Bendigo had a lot of rich residents after the gold rush. Some of their treasures are housed here. Notable for a couple of Tom Roberts works not on current display, a set of Victorian Nymphs in marble, and several impressive set pieces far too big for the average home. I loved one of the modern galleries which collected strange creatures in paint, print and sculpture.
  • Jennifer gave me an engrossing, highly personalised tour of the gallery giving interesting back stories and insights into both the buildings and many of the artworks. The way she could adapt to my level of art knowledge was fantastic. Highly recommended.
  • Lovely art gallery. I thought it was a good mix of traditional and modern art. They have interesting exhibits that are well-presented. I only wish more of the pieces had contextual information about them.
  • The art gallery always has new exhibits and is always great to visit. It is operated on donations for entry, making it affordable for everyone. Our three year old son even loves it here. Once a month they have a morning where they have activities for kids. The Cafe is also amazing with utterly amazing food.
  • Best gallery I've visited for years. Good combination of periods, styles and artists. Can't believe it was donation only.

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Just like the city itself, places to stay in Bendigo present a mix of historical and modern. The center of the city boasts a selection of hotels and apartments housed in Victorian mansions--which also happen to be some of Bendigo's main tourist attractions. Just a couple of blocks away, however, you can choose from a number of 21st-century establishments. For a more peaceful setting, venture outside the city center to find plenty of smaller bed and breakfasts and motels, as well as fully equipped RV parks and campsites.
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