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Art Gallery of Ballarat

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Definitely worth a visit

Quite a substantial collection and well laid-out. I preferred it to the art gallery in Sydney... read more

Reviewed yesterday
krudyard
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Melbourne, Australia
What a lovelt surprise!

I wasn't sure what to expect but was truly and pleasantly surprised at this museum. When we were... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
melsays
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nyc
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An interesting an dynamic regional gallery where there is always lots to see. Upstairs, the gallery collection is definitely worth a visit, as the Gallery holds one of the best regional collections in the country, and is always looking for...more
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40 Lydiard St N, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

Quite a substantial collection and well laid-out. I preferred it to the art gallery in Sydney. Lovely building too.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank krudyard
Reviewed 2 days ago

I wasn't sure what to expect but was truly and pleasantly surprised at this museum. When we were there, it had several intriguing exhibits, one by women photographers, another by famous Aborigine artists. The building is a bit misleading: from the outside it seems small,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank melsays
Reviewed 3 days ago

Fascinating art forms with intricate detail, historical snapshots and personal perspectives. Lovely patiently made furniture, with exacting detail.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Annemaree W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Art Gallery of Ballarat is a lovely place to spend a couple of hours. It is housed in a beautiful gold rush era building and contains very interesting and diverse permanent and temporary collections. Upon entry, you are greeted by a magnificent staircase, featuring...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BridFern
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. some wonderful art work on display. We went to hear two piano recitals in the upstairs gallery on a wonderful Yamaha grand piano. Such a thrill to hear jazz played in a unique setting.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BLACHFORD
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Have not been for a number of years, always enjoy wandering through, stunning artworks, it is a credit to BALLARAT!

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 28 November 2018

A delightful regional art gallery. The displays were fascinating and the staff were helpful. Certainly worth a visit if you are interested in Australian art. Some real gems there.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Annabel M
Peter F, Public Relations Manager at Art Gallery of Ballarat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2018

Hi Annabel - thanks for the review - we're glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again next time you're over from Adelaide. Peter

Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

The gallery is located with easy walking distance of the train station. It has both traditional art and modern art. When we visited even the traditional art seemed to have been given a shake up, rearranged into themes and information tags removed forcing us the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank westernsydney
Peter F, Public Relations Manager at Art Gallery of Ballarat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2018

Hi Thanks for the review - it's certainly be aen a new approach for us to mix the old and new. Normally we would have the labels on the walls, but the artist of that particular show really didn't want to have the labels -...More

Reviewed 17 November 2018

This gallery has some interesting exhibitions but yesterday wasnot one of them. Was not very impressed with the gallery, dim da4k,and boringMore

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank noreenbennett
Peter F, Public Relations Manager at Art Gallery of Ballarat, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2018

Hi Noreen Sorry that we weren't at our best when you came - what a shame you missed the stunning BOAA exhibitions which finished on 6 November! We're currently in set-up mode for our summer exhibitions and we can promise that it will definitely be...More

Reviewed 30 October 2018

This place is like a jewel box; the one that you've just found in the back of an old cupboard. Treasure after Australian art treasure; a joy to the heart. You just can't not visit!!

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Terry S
Peter F, Public Relations Manager at Art Gallery of Ballarat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2018

Yes, it's a stunning collection, isn't it Terry, and not what you would expect to find in a regional gallery. Come again - the display of the collection changes quite regularly, as well as the temporary exhibitions. Peter

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Noorhoor
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Response from hugh1957 | Reviewed this property |
Apologies for the late reply. The bulk of the Art Gallery is free except when there is a specific exhibition. When we were the The Archibald Competition was in town so we paid for this exhibition, at a much cheaper rate than... More
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