Geelong Gallery

GALLERY Geelong Gallery from Johnstone Park_Photographer_ Julian Willoughby

Geelong Gallery was established in 1896 and is one of Australia’s leading art galleries, with a magnificent collection of Australian and European painting, sculpture, printmaking and decorative arts dating from the 18th century to today. The Gallery’s outstanding collection includes many works of national significance such as Eugène von Guérard’s View of Geelong 1856, and Frederick McCubbin’s A bush burial 1890.  One particular focus of the collection is early images of the Geelong region, documenting the evolution of this important city and its environment.

Geelong Gallery works to contribute to the life and well-being of the city by fostering strong community engagement with the excellence of its collection, its creative lifelong learning experiences, and inspiring exhibitions.

Permanent Collection

Geelong Gallery is home to a number of iconic Australian paintings including Eugène von Guérard’s Aborigines met on the road to the diggings (1854), The Weatherboard Falls (1863) and View of Geelong (1856), Louis Buvelot’s On the Woods Point Road (1872), Frederick McCubbin’s A bush burial (1890) and Russell Drysdale’s Hill End (1948). The greatest strengths of the Gallery’s permanent collection are colonial paintings, including a splendid array of early images of Geelong and its wider region such as John Skinner Prout’s lithograph Geelong (1847), and Alexander Webb’s Yarra Street, Geelong (1872); colonial metalwork including Edward Fischer’s Geelong gold cup (1890); English painted porcelain from 1750 to 1850, Worcester, Buckingham Palace card tray (c. 1840–45); works on paper (19th century to the present); and modern and contemporary Australian paintings, sculpture and decorative arts including works by Fred Williams, Ann Thomson, Peter Booth, Juan Davila, Rosalie Gascoigne, Jan Senbergs and John Brack.

From the late–1930s, the Gallery has awarded acquisitive prizes variously for paintings, watercolours and prints, sponsored by a variety of individuals and corporate supporters. The Gallery continues to grow it’s collection through the biennial Geelong contemporary art prize and Geelong acquisitive print awards both of which continue a long tradition of exhibitions that celebrate contemporary Australian practices.

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getting to the gallery

The Geelong Gallery is located in Johnstone Park. The entrance is in Little Malop Street, in Geelong’s cultural precinct.

Travelling by train
A three–minute walk through Johnstone Park from Geelong Railway Station.

Travelling by car
60 minutes from Melbourne CBD.

Car Parking
Weekday metered parking and free 2–hour parking on weekends is located in Little Malop St, Atchison Pl, Fenwick St and Ryrie St. There is also the civic carpark located on Gheringhap St opposite the Town Hall— parking available Monday to Thursday from 7:30am to 6:00pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7:30am to midnight (free parking after 6:00pm on Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday).

Bus parking
A free parking bay for buses is located in Little Malop Street.

Port Phillip Ferries operates passenger ferry services from Docklands to Geelong and Docklands to the Bellarine (Portarlington) daily. 

Searoad Ferries car and passenger ferry travels from the Mornington Peninsula to Queenscliff. Buses run from Queenscliff to Geelong daily.


Full access and amenities.

gallery shop

Geelong Gallery Store
Whether you’re looking for a stylish memento of your visit to the Gallery or that perfect gift for a loved one, the Geelong Gallery Store stocks a handpicked range of designer jewellery, homewares, textiles and accessories along with leading skincare products, beautiful books and Gallery publications that celebrate creativity, aesthetic beauty and functionality. 

Images: Geelong Gallery collection exhibition, 2018-2019, photo by Andrew Curtis. 

Geelong Gallery
55 Little Malop Street
Geelong VIC 3220
T: 03 5229 3645
W: geelonggallery.org.au

Opening Hours
Open daily: 10am - 5pm
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday. 

Entry is free but admission fees may apply for some exhibitions.

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GEELONG Margaret Preston, Fuchsia and balsam 1928, hand-coloured woodcut, Geelong Gallery, Purchased 1982, Copyright Margaret Preston Copyright Agency
Cutting Through Time—Cressida Campbell, Margaret Preston, and the Japanese Print
18 May 2024 – 28 Jul 2024
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GEELONG Dianne Fogwell Prescience exhibition
Dianne Fogwell—Prescience
23 Mar 2024 – 28 Jul 2024
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GEELONG The O'Donohue and Kiss gift. Rick AMOR
The O’Donohue & Kiss Gift
23 Mar 2024 – 21 Jul 2024
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GEELONG Jacobus Capone Forewarning
Forewarning (Act 4): Demarcation—Jacobus Capone
23 Mar 2024 – 28 Jul 2024
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2024 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize
10 Aug 2024 – 3 Nov 2024
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GEELONG Make Awards, artwork Vipoo Srivalasa, Photo Amy Piddington
MAKE Award—Biennial Prize for Innovation in Australian Craft and Design (Australian Design Centre)
10 Aug 2024 – 27 Oct 2024
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GEELONG Double Vision - artwork Raymond Arnold
Double Vision—Mapping Dürer in a Time of Crisis: Raymond Arnold and Ian Westacott
27 Jul 2024 – 27 Oct 2024
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GEELONG Social Studies - Artwork Brook Andrew
Social Studies—Prints from the Collection
9 Nov 2024 – 9 Feb 2025
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GEELONG A People's Press - Artwork by Noel Counihan
A People’s Press—Noel Counihan
2 Nov 2024 – 10 Mar 2025
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GEELONG Recent Acquisitions 23-24
Recent Acquisitions 2023–24
9 Nov 2024 – 9 Feb 2025
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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.