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Address: 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
Phone Number: 61 03 5320 5858
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Description: Instituted in 1884, this became the first provincial Art Gallery...
Instituted in 1884, this became the first provincial Art Gallery established in Australia.
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Fabulous Australian Art

I am so impressed with the collection- from very early to now and including some aboriginal art. Two hours was enough to see and enjoy the experience without getting bored or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Moss Vale, Australia
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Moss Vale, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I am so impressed with the collection- from very early to now and including some aboriginal art. Two hours was enough to see and enjoy the experience without getting bored or tired. The poetry with some of the artwork was also great. Highly recommended

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Melbourne, Australia
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106 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The Ballarat Gallery must have one of the finest collections of Australian art outside the capital cities. (Note: I have not been to Bendigo Gallery since its extension.) We loved wandering through the rooms looking at some amazing works - both traditional and modern. The collection includes some really well know artists such as Longstaff, Tom Roberts and other impressionists,... More 

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Rome, Italy
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

An interesting collection by Australian artists. The works on display give an insight into Ballarat's history.

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Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This lovely old building and its subsequent collection dates back to the Goldrush days. There are a lot of fine works of art and music concerts are held on many weekends. There is a special ambiance in this place. which is centrally situated.

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Perth, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It is difficult to imagine a more comprehensive collection of Australian paintings outside a capital city art gallery. We went by train to Ballarat from Melbourne for the day and the Ballarat Art Gallery has been the highlight of my holiday. The building is impressive, staff helpful. I particularly enjoyed finding so many well-known artists represented. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Loved visiting the art gallery. Stunning pieces of art work. My daughter is an art connoisseur and she loved it.

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Western Australia
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18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This is a brilliant art gallery. We were amazed that a small city has been able to build such a large and interesting collection. This is well worth an hour (or more) for anybody who loves art, and particularly Australian artists. And, to top it off, it's free!

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Ballarat, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

You feel an aura of calm when you walk through the doors. Staff are always welcoming and respectful and because it is free entry, you know you can return at any time. I like to focus on one area per visit.

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Camperdown
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Not only the quality of the art works, but the absolute beauty of the building. We are not generally arty people, but I would certainly recommend the gallery to everyone. We will definitely be visiting again as we were short of time and need to go back for another cultural visit.

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Hawthorn
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This is a small but very nice gallery, free entry so well worth taking a look around if you are in town.

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