Bendigo Art Gallery


Bendigo Art Gallery is one of the oldest and largest regional galleries in Australia, established in 1887.  Bendigo Art Gallery's collection is extensive, with an emphasis on 19th century European art and Australian art from the 1800's, alongside a strong collection of contemporary Australian art.  

Over the last decade, Bendigo Art Gallery has cemented its reputation for presenting innovative international exhibitions alongside a dynamic and varied suite of public programs and events.  Bendigo Art Gallery attracts a diverse audience from metropolitan Melbourne, and from across Victoria and Australia.

Permanent Collection

Bendigo Art Gallery has an extensive and varied collection of art which includes painting, sculpture, ceramics, decorative arts, photography and works on paper. The collection has a strong emphasis on 19th century European art and Australian art from the 1800s onwards and over the past decade has been building a significant collection of contemporary Australian art. 

19th Century International Art
Bendigo Art Gallery has some remarkable paintings, sculptures and decorative arts reflecting European salon trends of the mid-to-late 19th century. British works in the collection include sentimental works such as Homeless by Thomas Kennington, Too Late by Herbert Schmalz, and the stunning photo-realism of the The Arab Blacksmith by Thomas Sheard. These and other works in the collection reflect an era when English and European landscapes, allegories and portraits were seen as an essential part of any Australian art collection.

19th Century Australian Art
Bendigo Art Gallery is fortunate to hold many works by important 19th century Australian artists. The collection includes those who documented the history of Bendigo. For example, Thomas Wright's Sandhurst in 1862, George Rowe's Kangaroo Flat, c 1857, and S.T. Gill's Eaglehawk Gully, Bendigo (c1852) capture and reflect the initial goldrush on the Bendigo goldfields, through to the city's formation as a burgeoning regional centre.

The Gallery also has a strong collection or early 20th century Australian art including works by proponents of the Heidelberg School such as Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and Walter Withers. The collection has a special focus on expatriate Australian artists from the turn of the century to the 1940s, artists who for many decades were forgotten by the Australian public, including Agnes Goodsir, Bessie Davidson and Mary Cecil Allen.

Modern and Contemporary Collection
Bendigo Art Gallery's collection of 20th century paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings showcase the development of Australian fascinating modern art.

Artists such as Walter Withers, Rupert Bunny, Grace Cossington-Smith, Arthur Boyd, Fred Williams, John Olsen and Margaret Preston are amongst the many 20th Century Australian painters and sculptors represented in the collection.

Bendigo Art Gallery is committed to collecting and presenting contemporary Australian art. Included in the collection are works by leading artists such as Tim Maguire, Emily Kame (Kwementway) Kngwarreye, Mike Parr, John Nixon, Jenny Watson, Louise Forthun, Matthew Jones, Peter Tyndall, Robert Jacks, Christopher Langton, Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, Patricia Picinnini, Stieg Persson, John Young, Kate Beynon, Emily Floyd and Stephen Bush.

Online collection
getting to the gallery

Bendigo is located approximately 150km north-west of Melbourne. Bendigo Art Gallery is situated in the CBD at 42 View Street.

By car
Estimated travelling time from Melbourne to Bendigo is 90 minutes.

In and adjacent to the CBD of Bendigo there are more than 5000 public car parking spaces. The City offers a range of parking options both on and off street.

The best off-street ticket machine car park located within a short walk of Bendigo Art Gallery is the Rosalind Park carpark (just behind The Capital Theatre and Bendigo Art Gallery - enter at the junction of View and Rowan streets).

The two ticketed multi storey car parks located within a short walk of Bendigo Art Gallery are the Edward street multi storey car park and the Hargreaves street multi storey car park. See map below for locations.

There are several short-term on street carparks on View, Rowan and Mackenzie streets, however, these fill up quickly, especially on busy days.

For carpark opening hours and more information about parking in Bendigo visit the City of Greater Bendigo car parking options website.

By train
Estimated travelling time from Melbourne to Bendigo is 90 minutes by train. Walking from Bendigo Train station to the Gallery takes approximately 15 minutes. Alternatively, from Bendigo train station you can catch a number 50, 52, 53, 54 or 55 bus to Bendigo Art Gallery. 

For Bendigo train time tables, fares, maps and travel information visit www.vline.com.au or phone V/Line on 1800 800 007.

For Bendigo bus timetables visit www.christiansbus.com.au or www.viclink.com.au.


Bendigo Art Gallery welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its programs and services accessible to everyone.

The Love Your Gallery: A collection for all recognises the diversity of our audience, and through this  program be flexible and change to suit the needs of those involved. Love Your Gallery: A collection for all is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria

Level Access
You can access Bendigo Art Gallery via the View Street entrance or the Rosalind Park entrance. All public areas of the Gallery, including the Shop and Cafe are accessible via ramps.

You can borrow these at no charge from the Reception Desk at the View Street entrance.

Companion Card
Bendigo Art Gallery accepts the Companion card. Carers/attendants accompanying cardholders are eligible to receive free entry to ticketed exhibitions and events.

Guide Dogs
Assistance and guide dogs are welcome at the Gallery. A water bowl is available at the Reception Desk at the View Street entrance.

Hearing Loops
There are hearing loops available for all lectures and public programs.

Fully accessible toilets are located at the View Street and Rosalind Park entrances.

cafe & gallery shop

Gallery Cafe
T: 03 5441 8896
W: gallerycafeonview.com.au/
E: info@gallerycafeonview.com.au
Weekdays 8.30am – 5pm and Weekends 10am – 5pm

The Gallery Cafe on View. An arty oasis right on the edge of Rosalind Park. Pop in or stay all day.

Entry via Bendigo Art Gallery, Park Lane (off View Street)  or via Rosalind Park, at the rear of the Gallery. 

Gallery Shop
The Gallery Shop is open 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Sunday (except Christmas Day) and is a wonderful place to shop for something special.

Whether you are gift shopping for a friend or family member or perhaps looking for a treat for yourself, the Gallery Shop features jewellery items, handbags, purses, cards, art books and magazines, and works by locally based ceramicists Garry Bish, Tony Conway and Sue James - and more!

Bendigo Art Gallery Members are eligible for a 10% discount* and are invited to special Members shopping events throughout the year. 

The Gallery Shop staff will happily gift wrap your purchases at no charge. Gift vouchers can also be arranged. Contact the Gallery Shop on 03 5434 6088.

*Members discount applicable on all purchases over $5, excluding items on consignment.

Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street
Bendigo VIC 3550
T: 03 5434 6088
E: bendigoartgallery@bendigo.vic.gov.au
W: www.bendigoartgallery.com.au

Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm
(except Christmas Day)
Tours of the permanent collection daily at 2pm
Entry by donation

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The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.