Hamilton Art Gallery is one of the finest galleries in Australia. It is famous for its outstanding collection of fine and decorative arts. Silver, glass and porcelain, oriental ceramics, furniture, paintings and prints are featured in six modern galleries. Many of the treasures came from the gracious country homesteads around Hamilton, the first area of pastoral settlement in Victoria.
A bequest to the City of Hamilton of an impressive collection of art works by a local grazier, Herbert Buchanan Shaw, allowed Hamilton Art Gallery to first open its doors in October 1961.
Herbert and his wife May were noted collectors and, during their lifetime, established a magnificent art collection. On his death in 1957, Herbert bequested almost 800 items and £6,000 so an art gallery could be built to house his extensive collection of Oriental and European Ceramics, glass and silver, tapestries, objects d'art, paintings and prints.
The collection has now grown to 8,000 objects through bequests, acquisitions and gifts and includes fine international examples of 19th and 20th Century decorative arts and a growing collection of paintings and prints including Australian art.
The Gaussen collection of paintings by Paul Sandby (1731-1809), considered to be the 'father of English watercolour', is unrivalled in Australia and second to the Queen's collection at Windsor Castle. Still in their original frames they are displayed in an elegant recreation of an English drawing room with William Morris wallpaper.
Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 5pm
Sunday: 2pm to 5pm
Closed: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Contact the Gallery for opening hours on other public holidays.
Guided Tours are available by appointment
Wheelchair access. A courtesy wheelchair is available