Founded in 1913, the Castlemaine Art Museum has a unique collection of Australian art and fascinating historical artefacts reflecting the early history of the district.
The beautiful art deco building, dating from 1931 with several extensions since then, is a work of art itself, with purpose-built galleries.
The Gallery specialises in Australian Art, with its particular strength in major works of the late 1800s, the Golden Period of Australian painting, and the Edwardian era. Traditional landscape painting is a feature of the collection. Modern and contemporary artists are also well represented. Drawing on the Historical Museum’s collection, the thematic exhibition Camp to City: Castlemaine and Mount Alexander District presents a rich and colourful history. Themes include: indigenous Australians; the goldrush and mining; Chinese on the goldfields; the regions’ development; surrounding towns; prominent early citizens; 20th century Castlemaine and much more. The museum also boasts a wonderful collection of historical artworks, photographs, costumes, decorative arts and objects specifically relating to the Mount Alexander district. The display includes a collection of decorative enameled metalwork by Stanley J. Ellis, a local craftsman and teacher, covering the period from the 1930s through to the late 1950s. Admission to the gallery is free. Open Thursday to Sunday from 12 noon - 4pm.
Victorian Goldfields RailwayKennedy Street, Castlemaine
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