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Heide Museum of Modern Art

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Published December 27th 2013
Heide farmhouse
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The Heide Museum of Modern Art, located in Templestowe first opened in 1981. The Museum, Gardens and Sculpture Park is set on a 15 acre site which was formerly the home of John and Sunday Reed.

The Reeds moved into the farmhouse in 1934 as newlyweds and named Heide after the nearby suburb of Heidelberg. The farmhouse which they renovated over time still stands amongst the herb and kitchen garden that the Reeds created.

The Museum of Modern Art is known nationally for its development of contemporary and modern art, and its programs and art exhibitions showcasing work from a range of private collections, individual artists, work from the Heide collection and overseas artists.

A visit to Heide should take in the Museum, for which there is an admission charge of $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $12 a concession with children under 12 free.
Heide Museum and Cafe Vue
Heide Museum and Cafe Vue, author image


Current exhibitions within the museum include:

  • Future Primitive (till 2 March 2014)

  • Albert Tucker: Explorers and Intruders (till 10 March 2014)

  • Poetry, Dream and the Cosmos: The Heide Collection (till 4 May 2014)

  • Erica Gilchrist: selected works 1951-1995 (till 27 April 2014)


Rings of Saturn, Heide Sculpture Park
Rings of Saturn by Inge King (author image)

With 15 acres of gardens to explore, you can gain an appreciation for sculpture as you view the various works on display.There are also two artist's gardens, one is a garden containing indigenous plants and the other is a native rockery garden.

As you explore the grounds, visit the Heide Kitchen garden, the Sir Rupert Hamer Garden and the Heart Garden - there is a map available or you can just wander around and explore. If you would like to learn more about the art and history of the site, join a free volunteer led guided tour from 2pm each day. See the information desk for more details.
Heide Gardens
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Cafe Vue is a more recent addition to Heide. There are numerous options available from the 2 or 3 course garden menu, to Saturday afternoon tea (2.30pm-4pm) or a Sunday express and BBQ menu or Sunday afternoon dessert buffet.

Cafe Vue is open

  • Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm

  • Saturday and Sunday from 9am-5pm


Heide garden
Author image, sculpture and view of gardens
For the children, there are numerous kids activities including a visual treasure hunt where you can either draw or take photos (with your own camera), there is also a Heide detective activity using clues within and outside of Heide's buildings, and a sculpture park detective activity which contains 15 questions about the sculptures at Heide

Bring a picnic along and relax amongst the shade of some beautiful large trees whilst taking in the scenery and amazing works of art. A great new place to explore
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Why? Experience history and art
When: Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 10am to 5pm
Phone: (03)9850 1500
Where: 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen
Cost: Museum entry $16 adults, garden and sculpture park free
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