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Art Gallery of Ballarat

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Address: 40 Lydiard St N, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5320 5858
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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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Free admission to this lovely establishment where we saw the early history of local artists and the Lindsay family collection. Paintings depicting the early gold rush era and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Baz555
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Ballarat, Australia

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Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

im not really into art but when you in Ballarat this place is a must visit. its interesting with good range of art. and the art gift shop also interesting.

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Thank Faristian N
Ballarat, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Free admission to this lovely establishment where we saw the early history of local artists and the Lindsay family collection. Paintings depicting the early gold rush era and Ballarat as a tent city. Upstairs boasted early beautiful paintings and art from mid 1800's to present day. The attention to detail in those early days is just amazing, I just stood... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited Archibald prize lovely gallery to hold this exhibition. Staff friendly well set out especially having the extra bonus to visit the gallery

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Thank janalw100
Limerick, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing Art Gallery. The staff are friendly and helpful. The Art Gallery cares about the Ballarat Community. Cannot recommend it highly enough!

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Thank Gill S
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We travelled with friends to see some of the Archibald Prize paintings first hand. Excellent experience, helpful staff and had the extra bonus of exploring the additional rooms of the art gallery open to the public. Some amazing paintings, both in the prize exhibition as well as the Art Gallery. Large print books describing both the painting and artist were... More 

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Thank M N
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Some great art and Ballarat history. Occasiona exhibitions this time the Archibalds. I always try to avoid the word awesome so I'll say awestruck.

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Thank Paul J
Geelong, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the art gallery again this year and enjoyed it even more than last year. This year I have made it a weekend trip and booked onto Oscars and catching up with some music at a few venues

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Thank Bill J
Melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good gallery, good display and lighting of paintings. A little too crowded despite having timed entry tickets, worth the trip to Ballarat

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Thank MARMELB
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Setting and staff were ace. We visited last year and liked it then. Even better organised this year. Having the books about the entrants available makes it so much better than everybody having to crowd around the paintings. Gosh we have so much talent in this country. And it's great to be able to discuss the paintings and disagree... More 

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Thank Ken S
Peter F, Public Relations Manager at Art Gallery of Ballarat, responded to this review

Hi Ken, glad you enjoyed your visit. The Archibald will be hosted by the Geelong Gallery next year. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the beautiful art gallery of Ballarat for the Archibald exhibition. Amazing building and artwork well displayed. My pick for the best was the portrait of Gary McDonald. It captured him perfectly Great value for money 17 of us so group booking only $10 a head Worth a visit

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