Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen

Heide Museum of Modern Art began life in 1934 as the home of John and Sunday Reed and has since evolved into one of Australia's most important cultural institutions. Heide, as it is affectionately known, has built a national reputation based upon the vision of the Reeds and their role in the development and promotion of modern art in Australia. Inspired by the Reeds' nurturing of the young artists of their generation, Heide continues to support the contemporary art of today through its collection and exhibition program.
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  • Quite impressed with the gallery but a warning if you are slightly disabled and struggle to walk...there are very few places to sit and so this visit had to be cut short. 5 star service and food at th...  more »
  • Having read and heard for many years about the story of "Heide", the artists' colony, and the role it and John and Sunday Reed played in the life of artists like Sydney Nolan, Joy Hester and Albert Tu...  more »
  • The Museum is ca17km outside of Melbourne and worthwhile. The large grounds with various sculptures is simply worth a visit for art enthusiasts. You can easily insert a stop on the way to the beautiful Yarra Valley (wineries).
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  • One of my favourite places. Whether you’re on a date, catching up with an old friend or on a picnic. Even those who aren’t into art will appreciate the sculpture gardens situated on the edge of the Yarra river. For those interested in both new and less new Australia art there’s the various wings to visit from the old, post modern to the cutting new. The cafe is pretty good with my only gripe being I was once given a cappuccino without the chocolate on it. When I questioned this I was told “that’s how we serve it here”. The rest of us would call that a flat white. More a quirk than a complaint. In short, I love Heide.
  • My favourite place in Melbourne. Very relaxing walking around the sculpture garden and my children love the climbing tree. I take all our visitors here and have a meal at the cafe if we have time. I love the shop and have bought many things there. In fact my Christmas list is purely gifts from Heide plus an annual membership. One note of warning: Be ware of the snakes, especially if you wander down towards the river.
  • Great little gallery & nature complex with an interesting history...Nicole Kidman's daughter Sunday was named after Mrs Reed. Was lucky enough to attend when they had the Jenny Watson travelling exhibition which was awesome. I also really enjoyed the early Sidney Nolan paintings they had on display more than his really well known stuff. Unfortunately the display space in the main gallery is small so you only get to see a tiny part of a collection that I would really love to see more of! They rotate the displays fairly regularly so that it would be worth a more than once a year visit if you're an interested in the arts local to Melbourne :) It's a bit of a hike to get to by public transport from the cbd though...you have to wait on a polluted major road between two petrol stations with no shelter from the weather elements or seats to wait for a bus to take you back to the train station so that part is a bit icky...choose a good weather day to visit especially so you can roam around the grounds or have a nice picnic.
  • Museum has average pieces for a good price. Sculpture garden is beautiful, free and large. Don't touch any sculptures outside apart from the box room. A long drive from Melbourne CBD but worth it. Bring a picnic, comfy shoes and a jacket.
  • A great space architecturally and great place to go if you like modern art and the surrounding gardens, which are full of sculptures. My only qualm is the over the top pretentious and rude staff that we sadly encountered. The ladies at the till at the entrance were however very nice and welcoming. Just a shame the others weren't!

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