This excellent gallery, founded in 1884, is Australia’s oldest regional gallery and houses a fine collection of Australian art, including paintings from the Heidelberg School and a stunning collection of 20th-century modernists. It also hosts interesting contemporary exhibitions on popular themes. Free guided tours are run at 2pm Wednesday to Sunday.
Art Gallery of Ballarat
40 Lydiard St N
Our Rating Hours Daily 9am–5pm Phone 03/5320 5858 Web site Art Gallery of Ballarat Other Free admission. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day (Dec. 26)