Art & culture
Home to countless artists, poets, writers and craftspeople, the vast and diverse Murray region has inspired and challenged creative people for millennia. From early works by Indigenous artists to 20th century Australian masters, the rich history and vibrant culture of the region is brought to life at galleries, artist studios and local museums up and down the river.
Nolan to Degas
Make time to visit the impressive regional galleries in Mildura, Swan Hill and Shepparton. See famous Australian paintings by Sir Sidney Nolan, Frederick McCubbin and Sir Russell Drysdale, as well as renowned works by local artists. Check out the extensive collection of naive art on display at the Swan Hill Regional Gallery and see Edgar Degas' Woman Bathing in the Mildura Gallery collection.
A different time
Local museums offer an insight into the history of the area, from ancient Aboriginal heritage to the glory days of the Murray River paddle steamer days. Explore the ancient stories of the Aboriginal people, delve into the history of the early settlers, or learn about life in a bustling paddle steamer port.
The Murray has a strong artistic tradition. Visit the regional galleries, and browse through handmade pieces at specialist art and craft stores.
Go back in time and uncover the rich history of the Murray River region, from ancient times to the era of the first European settlers.