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I write for Weekend Notes and I take photographs, usually sunsets and sunrises. Occasionally I include my photos in my articles. I like to promote Geelong, and activities around Geelong.
Published June 20th 2014
What to do at the Geelong Art Gallery
Geelong Art Gallery, facing Johnstone Park
Geelong Art Gallery, facing Johnstone Park

Visit the Geelong Art Gallery to view art from the Gallery's permanent collection, as well as special exhibitions. Entry to the Gallery is free.

The Geelong Art Gallery was established in 1896. Since then the Geelong Art Gallery has collected 19th and 20th century Australian and European paintings and art, including 18th and 19th century English porcelain, British pottery and colonial Australian silver. The Geelong Art Gallery also has a range of contemporary Australian paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics.

British Pottery at Geelong Art Gallery
British Pottery at Geelong Art Gallery

There is also a collection of early images of the Geelong region on display within the Geelong Art Gallery. Part of the collection of early Geelong includes Eugène von Guérard's 'View of Geelong' (1856) and Frederick McCubbin's 'A bush burial' (1890).

The Geelong Art Gallery is a major gallery in the city of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. At the Geelong Art Gallery there is approximately 4,000 works of art in its collection.

The Geelong Art Gallery is part of the Geelong Art's Precinct. Within the grounds of Johnstone Park (and close to Johnstone Park) you will also find the Geelong Heritage Centre, Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC), the old Geelong Courthouse - now with cafe and youth referral services, and the Geelong Library.

The Rotunda at Johnstone Park, Geelong
The Rotunda at Johnstone Park, Geelong

The Geelong Art Gallery and the Geelong Art's Precinct is bordered by Fenwick St, Little Malop St, Gheringhap St and Gordon Avenue. Johnstone's Park is also within this boundary, and is a lovely Park to sit and enjoy the sun, read a book and let your children have a little run around. There are public toilets in Johnstone Park as well.

Talk at Geelong Art Gallery
Talk at Geelong Art Gallery

Numerous Tours

The Geelong Art Gallery holds different types of tours to suit different needs of their visitors.

Drop-in-tours - Every Saturday at 2.00pm

Explore the permanent collection during a drop-in-tour with a Gallery Voluntary Guide. Free! No bookings required.

Tailor-made tours - By appointment

Do you want to view the collection with a group of friends? Group tours of the Geelong Gallery's permanent collection can be arranged by appointment. Please contact the Gallery - contact details are below. The tour is Free.

Take a tour of the Geelong Gallery and discover highlights of the permanent collection, which traces the history of Australian art.

Cost for Members is $10.00 and for Non-members $12.00

School holiday tours - Art Adventures - Kids and families

Go on a family friendly, fun tour which is suitable for children aged 4 to 8 years old. On the Geelong Art Gallery website you can find out more about these tours by visiting Events - Kids and Families.

The Gallery offers a variety of family-friendly art adventures and workshops each school holiday.

Due to building works of the new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre situated next door to the Geelong Art Gallery, the Gallery will not be putting on its popular school holiday program in June - July. The Gallery will aim to offer children and their families an exciting spring holiday program in September.

War Memorial beside Geelong Art Gallery
War Memorial beside Geelong Art Gallery

Upcoming Events at the Geelong Art Gallery

Sunday 10th August at 3.00pm

"Accounts of my dancing evenings"
Presented by Jim Pavlidis, the exhibiting artist

To keep in touch with the latest news you can subscribe to the Gallery e-Bulletin.

History of the Geelong Art Gallery

In 1895 members of the Geelong Progress League petitioned for an art gallery in Geelong. In May 1900, the Geelong Art Gallery Association was given permission to use three walls in the Geelong Town Hall to hang artwork on. The gallery was soon moved to the Free Library Building in Moorabool Street (between Malop St and Corio St).


The current Geelong Art Gallery was officially opened in 1915. It was erected as a memorial to the late George M. Hitchcock. It was located beside Johnstone Park between the Town Hall and the former fire station (now the Geelong Regional Library). The original building consisted of a portico and vestibule facing the park, and the G. M. Hitchcock Gallery.

In 1928 the Henry P. Douglas Gallery opened. Next addition was the H.F. Richardson Gallery in 1937. The main entrance to the gallery became Little Malop Street. In 1938 the Prime Minister Joseph Lyons opened the J.H. McPhillimy Gallery. There were further expansions in 1956 and 1971.

Main entrance, Little Malop Street
Main entrance, Little Malop Street

The first additions to the gallery occurred in 1928 when the Henry P. Douglas Gallery was opened, followed by the H.F. Richardson Gallery in 1937. The main entrance to the gallery became Little Malop Street with the opening of the J.H. McPhillimy Gallery by the Prime Minister Joseph Lyons in 1938. Further expansion followed in 1956 and 1971.

I haven't included any photos of the paintings on display at The Geelong Art Gallery. I'm just not sure about copyright laws there so I've left out any photos of art on display. When you're in Geelong put the Geelong Art Gallery on your itinerary and go see the paintings for yourself.

Images courtesy of Geelong Art Gallery
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When: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Phone: 03 5229 3645
Where: 53 Little Malop St, Geelong
Cost: Free entry
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