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Castlemaine Art Museum

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COVID-19 UPDATE: INFORMATION FOR VISITORS ATTENDING PUBLIC GALLERIES
Stage 4 restrictions are in place from 6pm on Sunday 2 August for metropolitan Melbourne.
Stage 3 restrictions will be in place from 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August for Regional Victoria, including Mitchell Shire.
The new restrictions will be in effect for the next 6 weeks - until approximately 13 September.
Public galleries across metropolitan (including outer metropolitan) Melbourne must remain closed.
Public galleries in regional Victoria must close when Stage 3 Restrictions come into effect at 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August. 
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School children visiting CAM during Castlemaine State Festival 2019 IMAGE COURTESY OF LA TROBE ART INSTITUTE.

Founded in 1913, the Castlemaine Art Museum has a unique collection of Australian art and fascinating historical artefacts reflecting the early history of the district.

The beautiful art deco building, dating from 1931 with several extensions since then, is a work of art itself, with purpose-built galleries.

The Gallery and Museum is fully accredited by Museums Australia. It is governed by private trustees and managed by a Board elected by subscribers. State and local government support is provided, and the Gallery has a strong tradition of support from benefactors, local families, artists and patrons.

Permanent Collection

Gallery Collection

The Gallery has always specialised in Australian Art. Its particular strength is in major works of the late 1800’s, and the Edwardian era.

Artists from this period include Louis Buvelot, Fred McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Walter Withers, David Davies, E. Phillips Fox, Rupert Bunny, Max Meldrum, Percy Leason, R.W. Sturgess, John Russell, A.M.E. Bale, Hugh Ramsay, Dora Meeson, Clarice Beckett and John Longstaff. Traditional landscape painting is a feature of the collection.

Modern and contemporary artists are also well represented. Modernists include William Frater, Arnold Shore, Margaret Preston, Sybil Craig, Roland Wakelin, Russell Drysdale, Fred Williams, John Brack, Eric Thake, Albert Tucker, John Perceval, Clifton Pugh, Lloyd Rees, Ian Fairweather, Charles Bush, Roger Kemp, Rick Amor, John Dent, Wendy Stavrianos, Ray Crooke, Robert Jacks, Jeffrey Smart, Ian Armstrong, Paul Cavell and Brian Dunlop.

In 1962, with funding from the Estate of Sir John Higgins and his sister, Catherine, a unique collection of Australian ceramics was acquired.

In 1990 the Gallery established a policy to collect photographic images of Australian artists by Australian photographers and now has a quality collection by such noted photographers as Max Dupain, David Moore, Richard Beck, Olive Cotton, May Moore, Pegg Clarke and Michel Lawrence.

Museum Collection

Drawing on the Historical Museum’s collection, the thematic exhibition Camp to City: Castlemaine and Mount Alexander District presents a rich and colourful history. Themes include: indigenous Australians; the goldrush and mining; Chinese on the goldfields; the regions’ development; surrounding towns; prominent early citizens; 20th century Castlemaine and much more.

The museum also boasts a wonderful collection of historical artworks, photographs, costumes, decorative arts and objects specifically relating to the Mount Alexander district.

The display includes a collection of decorative enamelled metalwork by Stanley J. Ellis, a local craftsman and teacher, covering the period from the 1930s through to the late 1950s.

Online collection
getting to the gallery

Getting here by foot

A short 1 min walk from the Castlemaine Post Office on Barker Street, or 5 min walk up Kennedy street from the Castlemaine train station.

Getting here by train

Vline Bendigo trains stop at Castlemaine, check the timetable here.

Connect to the Victorian Goldfields Railway to travel between Maldon and Castlemaine by historic steam train.

Parking

All day and two hour parking is available on Lyttleton street.

Access at the rear of the building

There is an additional entrance and exit at the rear of the building for deliveries and as alternative access for visitors requiring wheelchair access . This is reached via the signed service road on the eastern side of the building, press the security intercom for access. A lift is available to the museum.

Service animals are welcome.

accessibility

Access at the rear of the building

There is an additional entrance and exit at the rear of the building for deliveries and as alternative access for visitors requiring wheelchair access . This is reached via the signed service road on the eastern side of the building, press the security intercom for access. A lift is available to the museum.

Service animals are welcome.


Images: 
Cover: Castlemaine Art Museum building facade, photo by Adrian Thia. 
Above: School children visiting CAM during the Castlemaine State Festival 2019 Image courtesy of La Trobe Art Institute.

Castlemaine Art Museum (CAM)
14 Lyttleton St
Castlemaine VIC 3450
Telephone: 03 5472 2292
E: info@castlemainegallery.com
W: Visit website

Opening Hours
Thursday – Sunday, 12.00 – 4.00

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