Geelong Gallery, Geelong

(4/5 based on 45 reviews on the web)
Geelong Gallery presents a vibrant artistic program of some 20 temporary exhibitions each year along with a diverse range of artist talks, tours, workshops, lectures and family-friendly activities.

Since its establishment in 1896 the Gallery has amassed one of the nation’s finest collections. From colonial masterpieces to compelling contemporary works, the Geelong Gallery's renowned permanent collection includes Australian and international paintings, works on paper, sculpture and decorative arts as well as new media, and is home to a number of iconic works such as Eugène von Guérard’s 'View of Geelong' (1856), Frederick McCubbin’s 'A bush burial' (1890) and Arthur Streeton’s 'Ocean blue, Lorne' (1921).

Geelong Gallery has hosted 'prize' exhibitions since the late-1930s and works acquired through these signature events have enriched the Gallery’s remarkable collection of Australian prints and paintings. The biennial 'Geelong contemporary art prize' showcases the best in contemporary Australian painting practice whilst the 'Geelong acquisitive print awards' showcase the best in contemporary Australian printmaking practice.
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  • We visited while a couple of the galleries are being renovated so we didn't get to see the full collection on display but what we did see was really disappointing and a hot mess. There were about 5 wo...  more »
  • We regularly come here when visiting Geelong. They have a permanent collection and exhibitions which change. There is no charge! The visit will take about 45 mins and is time well spent. There is also...  more »
  • Some of the paintings held in this gallery are genuine Australian masterpieces, but all are easy on the eye. The various temporary exhibitions are always of high standard. What is more the gallery is ...  more »
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  • There are some collections in the gallery that mesmerised me. They are so beautiful. The gallery has beautiful collections from 18 to 20th century. Paintings, decorative arts, Australian contemporary paintings and sculptures are highlights in the gallery. If you want better understand more about the arts and the gallery, it is good to take a guided tours which is free.
  • One of the best collections in Victoria. Where to start.. The bush burial, Sam Leach's peacock rising, the colonial paintings are stunning! Not to mention the classical sculptures and the new contemporary objects gallery. Can't wait for the Archibald to come to Geelong in 2017
  • It claims to have 4000 art items but has displayed less than 200 in the gallery. I could not find a major art work worth mentioning here. The visit to Bendigo Art Gallery was better. That gallery showed some 4-5 major art pieces and over 300-400 art items...the lighting on the ground floor is not proper and therefore there is some shine on the upper side of many paintings...hence I was not able to enjoy the complete paintings. Photography is not allowed. I think, but I am not sure, the shine is the reason why photography is not allowed. Worth a quick visit though. Staff is helpful. Free entry. Close to Geelong Railway Station.
  • Magnificent collection of 19th and 20th century Australian and European paintings and decorative arts.
  • friendly staff. not much to see.