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Art Gallery of Ballarat

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Interesting collection of old and new art. A good repository of history of Ballarat and Lake Wendouree

The free guided tour of the Gallery starts at 2 pm. Please check with the counter on which days of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Madhavi A
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The Art Gallery in Ballarat is a gem in the middle of town. Situated in an historic building... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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 2 days ago

The free guided tour of the Gallery starts at 2 pm. Please check with the counter on which days of the week it is held. The staff are very pleasant and professional. Apart from a very good permanent exhibition, interesting temporary ones are held from...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Art Gallery in Ballarat is a gem in the middle of town. Situated in an historic building friendly staff and FREE ! We were lucky enough to stu​mble​ on the Vollard Suite by Picasso when in town​, we had an expert commentary from a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the gallery as we had some time to kill before our check in, we spent an hour walking around. Some very old beautiful pictures from 1800s and some funky designs 2 well worth a look if your in ballarat.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a couple of hours wandering through the gallery. Loved the Strange Garden - our granddaughters did too. The coffee shop was terrific and the lady who served us was cheerful and enthusiastic. Would be happy to go again!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Mahalia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of Victoria's excellent regional art galleries. They regularly host touring exhibitions, they are currently showing Picasso's Vollard Suite. This was previously shown at Brisbane and Adelaide, owned by The National Gallery of Australia. Guided tours are excellent and it is a historic...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Geoff H
Peter F, Public Relations Manager at Art Gallery of Ballarat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Geoff Thanks for your great review - glad you enjoyed the Picasso exhibition and the guided tours - hope to see you back here again soon Peter

Reviewed March 19, 2019

Really friendly staff! Great shop. Beautiful artworks. Fantastic Building! I was astounded at the collection and enjoyed the current exhibition. Also enjoyed in a nice lunch in the cafe that adjoined. It was lovely and cool inside on a very hot summer's day.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Peter F, Public Relations Manager at Art Gallery of Ballarat, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2019

It's a fantastic collection isn't it? Really glad that you enjoyed your visit - keep spreading the word.

Reviewed March 19, 2019

Ballarat is the place where we always take our overseas visitors and we make a point of showing them the Art Gallery. The building itself is very interesting and their permanent collection, featuring overseas and Australian artists has a lot to offer. My favourites are...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Gibasmag
Peter F, Public Relations Manager at Art Gallery of Ballarat, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2019

We love that you bring overseas visitors to see our great gallery and sharing what we have. See you again soon.

Reviewed March 11, 2019

When our Australian friends insisted we visit this museum I was totally unprepared for how excellent it is!. What a treat and the price is right. It's free! I would have happily paid admission to see so many wonderful works of art in so many...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BigAdventurer
Peter F, Public Relations Manager at Art Gallery of Ballarat, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2019

We're glad you listened to your Australian friends - they obviously know what's good in an art museum! So glad you enjoyed your visit here.

Reviewed February 26, 2019

While the collection is still good, we didn't enjoy our last visit very much. Two of the major rooms had had the labelling of the paintings removed. We were told it was a 'trend' to do this - if so, it's a trend I don't...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Peter F, Public Relations Manager at Art Gallery of Ballarat, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2019

Sorry your trip was disappointing. We're sorry that you were told that the absence of labels was a "trend" - the two rooms without labels were actually an installation/exhibition and it was the artist's decision to leave the labels off the walls. We'll certainly be...More

Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

early australian and modern art in a manageable sized gallery. world class. the gallery is on the main street which itself is a museum piece!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mattriand
Peter F, Public Relations Manager at Art Gallery of Ballarat, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2019

Thanks for your very positive review - glad you enjoyed your visit

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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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