Art & History

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

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

Check out the eclectic mix of mediums and subjects at Ros McArthur’s studio tucked away at Mirranatwa and in Halls Gap, acclaimed environmental artist Steve Morvell showcases work dedicated to raising human awareness of the beauty and fragility of wildlife and the habitats in which we co-exist.

At Bluewhippet Art in Ararat you can visit the studio of renowned artists Geoff Todd and Janette Lucas, discover internationally acclaimed artists based in the Grampians and pick up art materials for your holiday. 

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

Culture & History