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“A Kelly Gang Must See” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Benalla Museum

Benalla Museum
Mair Street, Benalla, Victoria, Australia
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Ranked #4 of 10 things to do in Benalla
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“A Kelly Gang Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

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.

Visited February 2014
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“Information centre museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Great introduction to the region's history, including Ned Kelly connections. Friendly staff, great location by the bridge/river. Essential stop when you arrive in Benalla. Next door to a playground and the local pool, too, so why not give yourself half a day.

Visited November 2013
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“Benalla Historical Society & Costumn Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

This museum covers all interests. Children will enjoy the miniature house; adults both the Kelly story and green sash; historical information on the World War 11 flying school based in Benalla; Detailed information of these two war hero's whom were born in Benalla, Captain Hector Waller and Dr. Edward (Weary) Dunlop. Benalla & District Historical information. Most of All the wonderful display of Costumes.. Allow at least 1 hour for your self conducted tour.

Visited November 2013
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“History by the lake side”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Such a very interesting building with so many interesting items. Learnt so much about the town and Ned Kelly. Wonderful collection of costumes including bridal wear. Staff were so very helpful and knowledgeable. Lovely little museum shop selling good souvenirs. Also had a help yourself to tea or coffee room.

Visited March 2013
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“Excellent museum & worth a visit.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

The Museum specializes in costumes but also has a Ned Kelly room and video and information about Weary Dunlop. When we visited there was a Bridal exhibition dating back to the early 1800s. Children would love the dolls house with funriture and fittings made by an extremely talented woman. All the costumes are professionally catalogued and stored and different themes are exhibited at different times.

Visited June 2013
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