TarraWarra Museum of Art

TarraWarra Museum of Art

Address: 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Healesville, Victoria 3777

Phone: 03 5957 3100  |  Fax: 03 5957 3120  

Email: museum@twma.com.au
Web: twma.com.au

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The TarraWarra Museum of Art Limited was established as a company limited by guarantee in October 2000. It is the first privately funded, significant public visual arts museum to be set up under the Australian Government's philanthropic measures announced in March 1999.

The Founders Eva and Marc Besen began collecting artworks in the 1950s and since then their love for the arts has continued to grow. As a way of sharing their passion with the Australian public Eva and Marc Besen undertook to establish Australia's first significant, privately funded, public museum.

In 1999, the first steps were taken to make this dream a reality, with the formulation of a vision for a new museum in the Yarra Valley, with its own collection of Australian art chosen from their private collection that has been lovingly assembled over the last fifty years.

TarraWarra Museum of Art has been one of the cultural jewels in the Yarra Valley providing visitors with a relaxing and enjoyable experience comprising of both stunning architecture and a wealth of modern and contemporary art to absorb.

TWMA operates as a not-for-profit institution, with a charter to display Australian art from the second half of the twentieth century to the present day.

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Payment methods accepted

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Cancellation and booking policy

Payment on the day can be made to the museum by cash or card. Please note, TarraWarra do not accept AMEX cards. Group tours require a minimum of 10 guests per tour and bookings are to be made at least three business days in advance. Group bookings may require payment in advance. Please contact the museum for further information.

Local directions

Getting to the museum: By Car Most Direct Route: Eastern Freeway and Maroondah Highway. Driving time from city approx 1 hr. Melway reference 277 B2 Public Transport Rail to Lilydale Station (from City loop) Bus route 685 Lilydale to Healesville via Yarra Glen If you are coming by public transport, visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au to plan your journey.


  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Access without assistance for the disabled
  • Parking for the disabled
  • Toilet facilities for the disabled
  • First aid equipment
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Public toilet
  • Shop


  • Art and craft
  • Lessons/tutorials
  • Shopping
  • Self guided

Opening hours

Museum closed Mondays, except on public holidays. Please contact TarraWarra Museum of Art for more information.

Tuesday to Sunday
11:00am -5:00pm


  • Visitor Information Centre

Disabled access

The museum is wheelchair accessible and we allow carers free entry to the museum. Disabled car spaces and toilet facilities are also available at TarraWarra Museum of Art. Some events may not be accessible, therefore, please contact the museum for further details.

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