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Art & History

The Grampians have a long and interesting history that can be explored at museums and galleries across the region.

Petschel House in Hamilton is a Studio Gallery and Garden open for visitors and locals to explore. Jenni Mitchell & Mervyn Hannan offer classes and workshops where students are encouraged to ‘see with the artists’ eye’ and paint from observation.

While in Hamilton visit the Hamilton Gallery and Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum which is based on the Ansett company's first aircraft hangar along with a lot of memorabilia to see.

The Stick Shed, formally known as the Number 1 Emergency Grain Store, is a large grain store in Murtoa, a town in the Wimmera region. The Stick Shed as you see it today remains fully protected, and it was added to the Australian Heritage List in 2014. The Stick Shed is now a major tourist attraction in the Wimmera.

Enjoy the eclectic mix of mediums and subjects at Ros McArthur’s studio in Mirranatwa at the southern end of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park. While there, make sure you pay a visit to the nearby Gerard Murphy Furniture in Dunkeld. Gerard is a second-generation furniture maker and has more than 30 years’ of experience. His designs are absolutely unique, always interesting and sometimes startling: timber becomes art. While in Dunkeld visit the Australian Light Horse Heritage Collection, feel the atmosphere and relive the heritage of the Australian Lighthorsemen in this remarkable museum.

In the heart of Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park) in an inspiring bushland setting, you’ll find the unique and contemporary MOCO Gallery. With a program of artist-led morning, evening, and multi-day workshops, regular exhibitions, artist talks, and classes for school children, there is always a reason to visit MOCO Gallery. Why not also enjoy delicious food and beverages at the adjoining Adventure Café Bar during your gallery visit?

The Grampians is home to a rich tapestry of culture from Aboriginal artifacts and exhibits at Brambuk - The National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap to the textiles, embroideries and relics at the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre in Ararat which tell the stories of Chinese miners on the goldfields.

Halls Gap may be a small town, but it has big history! The perfect way to get outside, learn a little, and spend time with a local. Walking tours give you a chance to literally take the path and see the community from a different perspective, to wander around and learn about the story behind town.

St Arnaud Raillery Hub brings together established and emerging artists and creatives, many of them talented locals. Every two months they feature a new Solo or Group exhibition in the main and auxiliary public galleries.

Visit Ararat's two most popular tourist attractions, J Ward and Aradale Lunatic Asylum, for history tours, ghost tours and paranormal investigations. Walk through the cavernous wards and halls of the institutions that treated and housed the mentally ill of Victoria for over 140 years.

Established in 1968, Ararat Gallery TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia) has a unique place amongst Australia’s public galleries, through its longstanding commitment to supporting and promoting textile and fibre art.

The Cyril Callister Museum in the historic town of Beaufort, is where Cyril Callister and siblings were raised. The museum displays photos and memorabilia and runs talks, tours, events and a shop which celebrates all things Vegemite.



Brambuk: The National Park and Cultural Centre

Make Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap your first stop before exploring Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park.Visit the…


Murtoa Stick Shed

The Murtoa No. 1 Grain Store is the only remaining emergency grain store built during World War Two and is an enduring testament to iconic Australian…


Halls Gap Town History Walking Tour

This tour is perfect if only in the Halls Gap for a short time and you wish to learn and discover the town with an easy two kilometre walk stopping…


J Ward, Ararat's Old Gaol and Lunatic Asylum

Take a guided tour of J Ward, Ararat's Old Gaol and Lunatic Asylum. Hear stories of murderers, ghosts and mistreatment of mental illness.J Ward is…


Aradale Lunatic Asylum

Aradale Asylum was an Australian psychiatric hospital, located in Ararat, a rural city in Victoria. Aradale was opened in 1867 and served as an…


Penshurst Volcanoes Discovery Centre and Rock Garden

To see a volcano blow its top and a red river of molten lava cascade down its side is to feel the awesome power of the natural world. An unusual…


Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum

The Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum is dedicated to transport and tourism pioneer Reg Ansett, who commenced his transport business in Hamilton,…


Australian Light Horse Heritage Collection

Displaying a collection of light horse memorabilia, much of which graciously bequeathed by the (late) Ian Jones. Ian Jones was an author, expert Ned…


Cyril Callister Museum - the man who invented Vegemite

Drop in to this museum that celebrates the life and history of a man who change the way Australia ate. In 1923 Cyril Callister, a food technologist…