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Art & culture

Fine art and local tunes, bushrangers and cattlemen – the High Country is home to numerous museums, studios and art galleries where visitors can delve into the history and creative heritage of the region.

Art lovers

Visit the renowned Benalla Regional Art Gallery, home to Sidney Nolan's famous 'Glenrowan' tapestry and one of Victoria's up-and-coming art galleries. Pop in to see a range of notable visiting and resident exhibitions, browse the Australian and Indigenous art collections, or check out the kids program.

View the work of local artists at commercial galleries and cooperatives right across the High Country, where you can purchase an artwork to hang in your home.

A different time

Delve into the rich and varied history of Victoria's High Country. Hear stories about bushrangers, miners, pioneers and soldiers from the 1800s to the present day. Visit local museums displaying fascinating relics and exhibits and get an insight into the everyday life of the state's famous, infamous and ordinary citizens.

Head to Benalla to see the blood stained sash Ned kelly wore at the famous seige in Glenrowan and learn about the region's heroes who distinuished themselves during WW1 and WW2, including Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop and Captain Hector Waller. Find out what life was like for the first Chinese settlers who worked in the gold mines during the goldrush at the Beechworth Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Gardens.

Note perfect

Travel to Wangaratta in October when the town comes alive for the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. See the country's best jazz musicians hit the stage along with visiting international stars, playing everything from traditional standards and bebop to fusion, experimental, Dixieland and even blues.

In the new year, Opera in the Alps makes a splash in the lush grounds of the Beechworth Golf Course. A cultural highlight on the Victorian music calendar, the performance showcases some of Australia's best operatic voices and classical musicians.

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Kiewa Valley Historical Society Museum

The Kiewa Valley Historical Society Museum (KVHS) will be the start of your exploration into the history and heritage of this beautiful part of the...

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Wendy Jagger Studio

Escape to the High Country and experience creating your own ceramics or paintings in a hands-on weekly or one day workshops at Wendy Jagger Studio....

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El Dorado Museum

The El Dorado Museum collection is sited in the original school house number 246 which opened in 1870. The school rooms and out-sheds house a large...

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Wangaratta Art Gallery

Wangaratta Art Gallery delivers a high calibre series of touring and self-curated contemporary Visual Art exhibitions in a range of media. The...

Museums

Mansfield Historical Society

Mansfield Historical Society is located at the Mansfield Railway Station at the start of Mansfield town. The Mansfield Historical Society preserves...

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Wangaratta Historical Society Museum

The Wangaratta Historical Society Museum is situated in the Old Fire Station building. It houses over 2,000 objects and 10,000 glass plate negatives...

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The Federal Standard Printing Works

Established in 1859, the Federal Standard Printing Works is one of the few substantially intact provincial newspaper printeries remaining from the...

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El Dorado Pottery

El Dorado Pottery is situated in the Eldorado and Woolshed Valley region of the Rural City of Wangaratta and is a part of the High Country Tourist...

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Kerrisdale Mountain Railway & Museum Inc

The Kerrisdale Mountain Railway is a narrow gauge (two foot) railway with spectacular views of the entire Upper Goulburn Valley and beyond. Fun for...

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Benalla Aviation Museum

The Benalla Aviation Museum offers a fascinating look at Australia's military air training history, from the historic home of a World War II RAAF...

Museums

Alexandra Timber Tramway and Museum

This fascinating tourist railway and museum features local timber history from the Rubicon Forest and other historical displays. The Museum’s Easter...

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Benalla Costume and Kelly Museum

The Benalla Costume and Kelly Museum was founded in 1967 and is now accredited through the Museum Accreditation Program (Victoria). It is managed...

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