40 Lydiard St Nth
Phone: 03 5320 5858
Fax: 03 5331 6361

Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

Situated on the impressive 19th century streetscape of Lydiard Street, the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, established in 1884, is the oldest and largest regional gallery housing one of the country’s most significant and inspiring collections of Australian art.
Explore the rich history of Australia through the history of Australian art, from early colonial work expressing life during the settlement years, to contemporary art exploring modern culture and ideas. See the original Flag of the Southern Cross that flew over the Eureka stockade 150 years ago.

Permanent Collection

The collection was established in 1884 and is the oldest and largest in regional Australia. It houses major collections covering the history of Australian art from the early colonial period to the present day. The original Eureka flag is the centrepiece of a special Ballarat focussed display. The collection is presented in a series of rooms contained within several buildings ranging in date from 1887 to 2001. The oldest part of the gallery, which was specially constructed to house the collection between 1887 and 1890 conveys the opulence of the boom period of the 1880s, while the most recent extension, with its clean lines and subtle use of natural light, enhances the display of the contemporary collection. A dynamic exhibition program ensures that there is always something fresh to see.

Previous Exhibitions

Forthcoming exhibitions


$5 adults, $2.50 Conc, children under 16 free

Opening hours

9.00am – 5.00pm (closed Christmas Day)

Getting there

Trains and buses daily from Melbourne & Geelong. Ballarat railway station is just a few minutes walk from the Gallery and the City centre. A daily bus service to and from most regional Victorian centers operates daily. Check with V - Line for timetable details. Parking is limited at front and back of the Gallery.


Street level access is located at 40 Lydiard St Nth. Visitors with restricted mobility can access the gallery from this door. Lifts and ramps ensure easy access to all areas of the Gallery. A wheelchair is available. This can be reserved for you by phoning before your visit.
T (03) 5320 5858
The Gallery Shop is located at street level and stocks postcards and posters from the collection. Gifts and souvenirs include local and regional ceramics and a wide range of quality Australian made items.

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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The Ballarat Fine Art Gallery is dedicated to providing a wide range of education projects for all school ages.


The Ballarat Fine Art Gallery runs free guided tours Wednesday to Thursday at 2pm. Guided tours for special groups can be arranged with the Gallery before your visit. Contact 03 5320 5858


Membership of the Gallery is an effective way to keep up to date with what is happening, it also entitles you to a discount in the gallery shop, invitations to all openings, free gallery admission and much more. Visit our website or call for more information.


Sponsorship of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery can create many unique benefits and marketing opportunities for sponsors. Tailored packages of corporate benefits and promotional opportunities can be developed to help meet the objectives of most companies marketing plans. Exhibitions, Tours, Education, the Gallery's Music Program, Talks, and more creative programs are waiting for the right sponsor.

Venue hire

The Ballarat Fine Art Gallery is a unique venue available for hire for special occasions or functions. Various gallery spaces and our specially designed Function Hall are available for hire. The Gallery is located in Ballarat’s central business district and in one of Ballarat’s finest streetscapes. For more information visit our website or call 03 5320 5858.