The location by the water is lovely, and the staff are so friendly and helpful. The highlight for us was the Ned Kelly section of the museum. Firstly, you enter a small room and watch a 10 minute video presentation on Ned Kelly. Then you can explore the exhibits. This includes a mobile gaol which Ned Kelly was said to have spent time in. Inside this small building is a comprehensive display of Kelly artefacts including what they believe is his revolver, and the most moving piece of Ned Kelly's personal property, his green and gold sash that was given to him by a grateful family after, as a boy he saved their son from drowning. It became one of Ned Kelly’s most treasured possessions, and he wore it when he was shot and captured at Glenrowan in 1880. It remained in the family of the doctor who kept it after removing it from Ned while attending to Kelly’s wounds after his capture. It was recently surrendered by the family and is now displayed in a glass cabinet. It is a truly emotional piece to view, especially as it is still in the state it was when it was removed from Kelly, blood included. There are many other photos and items to view, and all very worth it. The final item on display is a prison door. It’s what this door was used for that is as disgustingly repulsive now as it was when it was used for the barbaric act. I’ll say no more.
For true Kelly devotees, you can visit the Benalla Cemetery which is only a few minutes away from the museum. In the far right corner under a lone pine tree, you will find the grave of Joe Byrne; Ned Kelly’s best friend and lieutenant of the "Kelly Gang". This is also a very emotional site to visit. Ned Kelly’s remain were reburied in 2013 in the Greta Cemetery in an unmarked grave beside his mother.
Meanwhile back to the museum. Aside from the Kelly exhibition, there are several other display areas, a shop area where you can purchase a range of items and souvenirs, and to finish there is a little room where anyone is free to make themselves complimentary tea or coffee, a nice touch.
If you own or manage Benalla Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.