Guided Tours

Wednesdays to Sundays, 2pm


The Gallery has a strong, active and vibrant group of volunteer guides who offer free guided tours around the Gallery collections five days a week and all public holidays. They also offer tours for booked groups and tours of many of the temporary exhibitions. 

Nothing makes a visit to Art Gallery of Ballarat more enjoyable than spending time with our highly trained voluntary Gallery Guides. Their love of the Gallery and its collection together with their enthusiasm and knowledge will give you greater insight into the development of Australian art. Groups by prior arrangement.

Our Gallery Guides can help your group to enjoy the Gallery if you let us know that you are planning to visit. Contact the Gallery at least two weeks prior to your visit to arrange your group's guided tour.

iPod tours

iPod tours are available for a number of the galleries which display the collection. They provide insights to the collection - how it developed, its significance to Ballarat and the Australian Art scene, and the cultural background for each of the eras represented in the different galleries.

We encourage you to take up this unique experience. Ask one of our Gallery staff for more information.

Special Interest by arrangement

Tours can be organised for groups with special interest in a particular area of the Gallery's collection. Contact the reception at the Art Gallery of Ballarat (03) 5320 5858. Groups with a special adult educational interests are welcome.

Student Tours

Tours can be built around your curriculum guidelines and your student's interests. With prior arrangement, your students can go behind the scenes to find out how a gallery works or gain access to work not on exhibition. For more details go to the education pages.