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Art & History

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

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’ experience. His designs are absolutely unique, always interesting and sometimes startling: timber becomes art.

The Grampians is also home to glass artist, James McMurtrie. James' artworks are inspired by the mountains that surround his studio. If you want to enjoy the rare opportunity of seeing glassblowing in action, make sure to visit - you will be blown away. In Halls Gap, acclaimed environmental artist Steve Morvell showcases work dedicated to raising awareness of the beauty and fragility of wildlife and the habitats in which we co-exist.

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 artefacts 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.

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.