The Art Gallery of Ballarat is Australia’s oldest regional gallery with a remarkably comprehensive collection of Australian art.

During the Archibald Prize the Gallery’s permanent collection of Australian art will remain on display. Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the history of Australian art, with important representative works from colonial to contemporary periods.

A free exhibition focusing on key works from the Gallery’s collection of 50s-60s Art will also be on display.

The heritage-listed Gallery building, one of the oldest purpose-built art galleries in the country, has evolved to accommodate the expanding collection and now includes a range of spaces from grand and elegant 19th century rooms to stunning contemporary additions.


40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat


Admission to the Art Gallery of Ballarat is free and includes the permanent collection and most temporary exhibitions. 

Some special exhibitions incur an entry fee. Check individual exhibitions for more information about fees.

Gallery Hours

Open daily, 10am – 5pm (Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day)

Getting here

Trains and buses run frequently every day from Melbourne and Geelong. Ballarat railway station is just a few minutes walk from the Gallery.
Check with
V/Line for timetable details.


Free Guided Tours
of the Gallery Collection

Every day at 2pm

Nothing makes a visit to Art Gallery of Ballarat more enjoyable than spending time with our enthusiastic and knowledge Volunteer Gallery Guides. Join one of the daily tours of the collection to experience the Gallery’s stunning collection of Australian art.

Special tours of the collection are offered to groups by prior arrangement.


Lifts and ramps ensure easy access to all areas of the Gallery. 

Wheelchairs are available and can be reserved for you by phoning before your visit: 03 5320 5858 

Toilets with wheelchair access and infant change table are available on the ground floor just near reception.


Street parking is available within walking distance to the Gallery. Two accessible car spaces are available for people with appropriate permits near the front of the Gallery.

Things to be aware of when planning your visit

 Bags and umbrellas

Backpacks, large bags, umbrellas and any other item (as directed by AGB) must be checked in to the cloakroom upon entry to the Gallery.


General photography of the Gallery is permitted however, the use of tripods, selfie sticks, flash or lighting equipment is not permitted. 


Adults must, at all times, supervise children for whom you are responsible and ensure that they don’t breach any of our Conditions of Public Entry.

Food and Drinks

Food and drinks aren’t permitted in the Gallery.


Guide Dogs and other registered assistance dogs are permitted in the Gallery and to all events.


Smoking (including the use of e-cigarettes) is not permitted anywhere on the AGB premises.

A great place to meet and catch up, enjoy great coffee and light refreshments.

Open daily 10am – 5pm 

A great place to buy things from the Gallery, from the comfort of your own home. 

For any general enquiries


Address: 40 Lydiard Street North,
Ballarat VIC 3350

Telephone: 03 5320 5858
Fax: 03 5320 5791