The Art Gallery of Ballarat is truly one of Australia’s great galleries. It is not only the oldest and largest regional gallery but, more importantly, one of the most welcoming and engaging.
Located in the heart of Ballarat, the Gallery is beloved by visitors and residents alike as the heart of this creative city.
The Gallery’s magnificent collection provides the basis for a unique thematic display, which looks at our society from a series of perspectives such as Home, Country, Belief and Disruption. As well as the extensive permanent collection the Gallery hosts a diverse range of touring and temporary exhibitions and regularly curates significant shows which are often inspired by the works in the collection.
The heritage-listed Gallery building, one of the oldest purpose-built art galleries in the country, has evolved to accommodate the expanding collection and now includes a range of spaces from grand and elegant 19th century rooms to stunning contemporary additions.
40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat
Admission to the Art Gallery of Ballarat is free and includes the permanent collection and most temporary exhibitions.
Some special exhibitions incur an entry fee. Check individual exhibitions for more information about fees. There are currently no ticketed exhibitions on offer and all exhibitions on show at the Gallery currently are free entry.
Open daily, 10 am–5pm (Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
Free Guided Tours
of the Gallery Collection
The Gallery offers free guided tours of the collection with one of our voluntary Gallery Guides every day at 11 am.
Nothing makes a visit to Art Gallery of Ballarat more enjoyable than spending time with our enthusiastic and knowledgeable voluntary Guides. Join one of the daily tours of the collection to experience the Gallery’s stunning collection of Australian art.
Currently, tour numbers are restricted so visitors can participate on a ‘first in best dressed’ basis.
Special tours of the collection are offered to groups by prior arrangement. Please contact the Gallery if your group would like to organise a tour.
Lifts and ramps ensure easy access to all areas of the Gallery.
Wheelchairs are available and can be reserved for you by phoning before your visit: 03 5320 5858
Toilets with wheelchair access and infant change table are available on the ground floor just near reception.
Street parking is available within walking distance to the Gallery. Two accessible car spaces are available for people with appropriate permits near the front of the Gallery.
Things to be aware of when planning your visit
Bags and umbrellas
Backpacks, large bags, umbrellas and any other item (as directed by AGB) must be checked in to the cloakroom upon entry to the Gallery.
General photography of the Gallery is permitted however, the use of tripods, selfie sticks, flash or lighting equipment is not permitted.
Adults must, at all times, supervise children for whom you are responsible and ensure that they don’t breach any of our Conditions of Public Entry.
Food and Drinks
Food and drinks aren’t permitted in the Gallery.
Guide Dogs and other registered assistance dogs are permitted in the Gallery and to all events.
Smoking (including the use of e-cigarettes) is not permitted anywhere on the AGB premises.