The Castlemaine area has a rich history that has been beautifully preserved in many locations throughout the region. The Castlemaine Art Museum, one of Victoria’s most prestigious regional galleries, is perfectly positioned in a stunning heritage listed Art Deco building in the centre of this picturesque gold rush town. Here, the permanent collection features significant works of the late 1800s – considered the Golden Period of Australian art – featuring names such as Roberts, Streeton and McCubbin. Modern artists are also well represented, alongside wonderful regular exhibits showcasing new and emerging artists from within the area. The museum is also home to a thematic exhibition celebrating gold rush history throughout the shire with photographs, costumes, artifacts and decorative arts that have been found in the district from that exciting period.

For more historical discoveries, step back in time thanks to the curated displays documenting local history at both the Chewton Town Hall and the Maldon Museum. Chat with the knowledgeable local volunteers who are passionate about our connections with the past.

Many Australians have a family link to the Victorian Goldfields and the Castlemaine Historical Society is one of the best places to start if your genealogical research. Formed in 1965, the Society is at home in the historic Former Court House in Goldsmith Crescent and the meticulous collection includes early directories, voters lists, local newspapers, municipal rates, schools, churches, cemeteries and more. The archives are accessible in person, or by mail request, and are a fabulous way to dig into your family’s past.