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Benga House - Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens

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Published August 24th 2013
Update October 20th 2013
The current exhibition in Benga House - Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens is "Figuratively Speaking - Capturing the Essence of Beauty" By Chris Hutchinson 4 October - 3 November

Something for everyone - art, history & gardens
Benga house is part of the Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens in Dandenong, built in 1936 a year before the St Anglican Church next door.
Heritage Museum Historic Gardens gallery
The sign at the gate in front of Benga House
Originally it was the local doctor's home where he lived with his family, according to the volunteer museum attendant who showed me around. The council brought the property from the family to include in the Heritage Hill site. This particular building is now part art gallery and historical museum.
Heritage Museum Historic Gardens gallery
The fence outside Heritage Hill

The Historical Museum
I was very impressed by the half of the house dedicated to the reconstruction of the time that home was being used by the original family. The display includes the kitchen, laundry, pantry and Maid's bedroom.
Heritage Museum Historic Gardens gallery
The maids bedroom just beside the kitchen
In each of these areas there is surround sound audio featuring softly spoken interviews by the original occupants of the house, both of the owner and maids. The displays were very interesting depicting normal life and household items which in my mind makes them all the more interesting.

Bengal House Pantry

The Art Gallery
There is also an art space and an Artist in Residence program.
The art space hosts holds temporary exhibitions year round for a full program see their events program.

The current one that I saw ended on August 25th, 2013 however there appears to be interesting ones come up before the end of 2013:-
Mandy K's Mystical Masks by Mandy K from 30 August - 29 September
Figuratively Speaking - Capturing the Essence of Beauty By Chris Hutchinson 4 October - 3 November

Unfortunately I ran out of time to do the other building of Hertiage Hill but I will be returning to take a closer look at Laurel Lodge and the beautiful surroundings that has both art works and landscaped gardens that had a sent of Daphne.

Getting there - The Museum is only walking distance from the plaza which can be reached from Dandenong Station and bus or a 20 minute walk if going there directly from the Station.
Parking - There appear to be plenty of street parking.
Child Friendly - Yes
Disabled Access friendly - the art space has good disabled accessed the historical museum was a bit more problematic as the spaces are small with a single step into the laundry etc as they are the original building without many modifications.
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When: Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm and Sunday, 12pm-4pm
Phone: 9793 4511
Where: 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong
Cost: Free
Your Comment
It's always so nice to get a glimpse of the past.
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2244 days ago
Looks like a great place to visit! Are you able to walk around on your own and take photos, or do you have to have a guide? The website says you have to book tours two weeks in advance, but there is just two of us.
by amyjo (score: 0|7) 2245 days ago
great website
by kenwi (score: 0|4) 2242 days ago
hope you can come and see my masks during my exhibitions in sept 2013..MandyK
by kenwi (score: 0|4) 2242 days ago
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