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 enamelled 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 - 5pm.
The Taproom9 Walker Street, Castlemaine VIC 3450, Australia
Since 1851 Castlemaine has been famous for two things: gold and beer. Handcrafted beers that are distinctive, traditional and brewed with passion and dedication to craftsmanship. Years ago the foun...
Castlemaine Art Museum14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450
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 paintin...
Castlemaine Historical Society7 Goldsmith Crescent, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450
A great place to start your family history search or to research the past in and around Castlemaine. Located in the historic Former Courthouse. Bring along the information you have gathered so far ...
Castlemaine Botanical GardensDownes Road, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450
The Castlemaine Botanical Gardens area was set aside in 1860, making it one of the earliest of Victoria's many botanic gardens. By 1863, work had started to transform a typical gold mining landscape i...