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Art Gallery of Ballarat

40 Lydiard St N, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 3 5320 5858
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Went for the special exhibition, but loved the gallery’s “normal” collection

What a beautiful gallery. The architecture of the building is impressive. The gallery’s collection... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Nadine B
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Melbourne, Australia
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Amazing collection

The displays were so varied and also added much to the history of Ballarat. Gave much worth to the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Diane W
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Adelaide, Australia
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Instituted in 1884, this became the first provincial Art Gallery established in Australia.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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40 Lydiard St N, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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"free admission"
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"old building"
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"worth a visit"
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"eureka flag"
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What a beautiful gallery. The architecture of the building is impressive. The gallery’s collection of Australian artists is impressive. The way art works were displayed was exemplary. Well worth a visit !

Thank Nadine B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The displays were so varied and also added much to the history of Ballarat. Gave much worth to the founder and his place in the history of this region.

Thank Diane W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having grown up in Ballarat and always keen to return i find that my partner and myself discovered by accident that a new exhibition was been shown currently. No advertising in Melbourne that i have seen? A visitor told us on tram what was happening...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family are avid gallery visitors and we were really impressed with the collection on display in the Art Gallery of Ballarat. I loved the way the works were hung - it felt generous rather than restrained as some art spaces end up feeling. I...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

When you enter this small unassuming building in one of Ballarat’s main streets you don’t expect the amazing staircase before you. This is a gem of a gallery with many terrific examples of Australian Art. It was a great relaxing 1 hr with my family...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely provincial gallery with an excellent selection of old and new australiana. Absolutely worth a visit if in Ballarat.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the city on our first day in Ballarat and stumbled into this Art Gallery. The collection has some amazing, even gigantic paintings and always a reminder of what Ballarat looked like before and during the Gold rush. It's a collection you wouldn't expect...More

Thank 867Xenia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't realise this place was as large inside as I found it to be. The art works here are lovely, enough to rival anything in Melbourne. The free entry galleries are enough to keep you occupied, although the special exhibition at $16 isn't too...More

Thank jebskulker
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great regional gallery that has a wonderful amount of excellent exhibits. All housed in a beautiful building of historical importance. Take time to enjoy all that the gallery has on offer.

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Peter F, Public Relations Manager at Art Gallery of Ballarat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback - we do have a great building and wonderful collection, of which only a small part is on display. Please visit us again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the many exhibitions this gallery shows but I thought the "Into Light" one currently showing was very let down by the lighting. Obviously the works can't be reframed so it is up to careful positioning of the lights to showcase the works. Unfortunately...More

Thank MsPraxis
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Noorhoor
20 March 2016|
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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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