posted on 18 Feb 21 | by Explore Bendigo

Bendigo boasts so many great arts & culture experiences for you to learn and enjoy. Our street art, our world-famous exhibitions, our rich Chinese history, the largest Buddhist Temple in the Western World, just to name a few! Here is a list of all our must-see arts & culture spots in Bendigo.

 

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Street Art Tour

If you are into street art, you have come to the right place! Grab a coffee and let the talented and passionate artists from Nacho Station show you all of Bendigo's famous street art pieces, all created with a unique story. Learn the history behind how each project came to life, and the motivation behind each creation. You can even leave your own mark on our walls during the tour. 

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Bendigo Art Gallery

If you are coming to Bendigo to explore our arts and culture, Bendigo Art Gallery has to be on top of your list. Bendigo Art Gallery has earned its reputation of one of Australia's largest and most innovative regional galleries with their crowd-drawing international exhibitions such as Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe, as well as a range of public programs and funky events.

Their latest upcoming exhibition, Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary is an Australian Exclusive from V&A in London is opening March 20 2021 and runs until July 11 2021.

Image: Mary Quant and Vidal Sassoon, 1964. © Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo

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Golden Dragon Museum

Bendigo's Chinese heritage sets us apart from any other town in Australia. Walk through the huge wooden doors at the Golden Dragon museum into a spectacular world with dragons, Chineese cultural pieces and costumes. 

Meet Old Loong, the oldest dragon in the world, and Dai Gum Loong, the longest processional dragon in the world.

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Living Art Space

Situated in the Historic Bendigo Post Office, The Living Arts Space hosts a range of exhibitions throughout the year showcasing the Bendigo region's contemporary artists and emerging artists. It offers a unique venue to showcase artwork created by locals the Bendigo Region.

Visit The Living Arts Space next exhibition House of Flux, featuring until 11 April. A solo exhibition of works by Nikita Hederics.

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The Back Creek Art Trail

Immerse yourself in the incredible street art scene whilst cycling along Bendigo's Creek Trail. Perfect for a weekend adventure, the Back Creek Trail is brought to life by breath-taking artwork, created by various local artists. The trail connects the Spring Gully and Bendigo Creek Trails. 

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The Great Stupa

Celebrate multicultural and multi faith by experiencing the Biggest Buddhist Temple in The Western World, The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion. Along with being visually impressive a 48m high and 50m wide, The Great Stupa is also home to the worlds largest Jade Buddha. He toured the world for 9 years and has been seen by over 10 million people before finally settling at the temple, surrounded by many other holy objects.

 

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Bendigo Pottery

Roll up your sleeves and get your craft on at Australia's oldest working pottery. Enjoy hands on activities with clay and interpretive displays. After your clay making experience you can explore the museum and learn about the history of Bendigo Pottery from its opening in 1858 to today. 

 

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Valentines Antique Gallery

Finish your day with some retail therapy! Visit Valentines Antique Gallery and browse their range of antiques and collectibles, including but not limited to, pieces from the Georgian through to the late Victorian periods. You will also find a contemporary Gallery and Residential Artist Space, creating a unique exhibition space in the heart of Bendigo. 

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