Benalla Travel Guide

  • Benalla Visitor Information Centre
    Benalla Visitor Information Centre
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    Souvenirs at the Info Centre
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    Miniature House @ Museum
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    MUST VISIT MUSEUMS @ BENALLA VISITOR...

    by balhannah Updated May 15, 2015

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    The Benalla Costume and Pioneer Museum, a Miniature House and the "Kelly Saga" Museums can all be seen at the Benalla Visitor Information centre.

    Once you have paid your admission, you begin your tour in the room which houses the most beautiful Miniature Furnished House I have ever seen!
    This isn't a small doll's house, but a large house 2m X 3m X 1.5metres in height. A total of 14 rooms are in the house, each furnished with handcrafted furniture, all very detailed and authentic.
    I loved this house! Remember to look front & back!

    Another room is furnished with toys from a past era. For the oldies, this display will take you back in time, and for the young ones, well, they will most probably be glad they were born much later!
    This is another excellent exhibition.

    NED KELLY - AUSTRALIAS MOST FAMOUS BUSHRANGER.
    The Kelly Saga exhibition has the actual Prison Cell where Ned Kelly was kept. Probably the most important piece, is the sash which Ned Kelly won in a fight. He always wore it and was wearing it the day he died. It is on display along with a replica Ned Kelly armour, letters, photos and information on Ned Kelly. If you have the time, and I didn't, there is a 12 minute video presentation to watch.
    Did you know there is a Ned Kelly trail which you can drive in your car? Ask for the FREE brochure at the Information centre.
    http://www.thekellytrail.com/nedkelly/

    Walking along the passage to the Costume Museum, the wall was lined with beautiful paintings of old buildings in Benalla. These were very well done.

    The Costume Collection will interest women, for it shows the fashions from 1750 to 2015. This exhibition is very well presented and is very interesting to see how fashion has changed over the years. Another favourite of mine!

    Another room was "The War Services Collection." In here are photos, clothing, medals, personal items and other memorabilia of "Benalla's famous sons."
    Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop
    Captain Hector Waller
    Michael Joseph Savage.

    I was most impressed with all these Museums. They were interesting, informative displays which in my opinion should be a MUST SEE when your in Benalla.

    OPEN 9 - 5PM DAILY

    Museum Charges:
    Adults: $5.00 Concession: $4.00 Children: $1.00

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    Miniature House @ Museum Costume Museum Ned Kelly books for sale
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    VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Updated May 15, 2015

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    The Benalla Visitor Information centre is not just a Visitor centre, it houses some very interesting Museums and is situated in a heritage listed building!

    Let me start with the building, the old Benalla Mechanics' Institute & Free Library built here beside Lake Benalla in 1869. Mechanic Institutes were built to give men a chance to learn a trade and were found in most Victorian towns and in other Australian states.
    The Visitor Information centre is located in this single-storey brick building that's painted dark green with white trims and has a Mural of Ned Kelly on its side.
    Before you enter the building, take time to read the dark blue plaque on the wall, which gives information on the building.

    Inside are the usual FREE brochures and maps, plus a range of souvenirs, postcards and books on Ned Kelly, as at this centre, is a Museum "The Kelly Saga." The lady at the centre provided me with the FREE Heritage walk brochure as I wanted to walk Benalla. I always like these brochures for when I am walking, as they have all the heritage listed buildings and important buildings described and numbered on the map. This way, I see everything! She also helped my husband and I with places to free camp around Benalla.
    This kind lady was most helpful and obliging!

    I noticed a statue of Ned Kelly (Bushranger) standing in a Witness Box in the Info centre. I learnt he was standing in the original Witness box from the old Benalla Courthouse and was on display to advertise visiting the "Kelly Saga Museum."
    Have your photo taken with him, it will make a good talking point on your return home! You may like to buy one of the informative books on Ned Kelly available at the centre.

    The lady at the centre filled me in about what I would see, and told me the Benalla Costume, Pioneer Museum and "House in Miniature" were all included in the one price.

    What a bargain the $5 admission is for Adults in 2015! This very reasonable price allows you to visit all these wonderful Museums, so make sure you don't miss out and allow enough time to enjoy your time in the Museums. (approx. half - 1hour)

    Opening Hours.
    Daily 9:00am - 5:00pm (closed Christmas Day)
    Last entry to the Museum - 4:30pm

    MUSEUM ADMISSION FEES - 2015
    Adults: $5.00 Concession: $4.00 Children: $1.00

    Next review will be about the Museums at the Centre.

    VT Members' Choice Award - 2015

    Benalla Visitor Information Centre Ned Kelly in Witness box Souvenirs at the Info centre Souvenirs at the Info Centre
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    The costume museum

    by iandsmith Written Dec 21, 2011

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    The Benalla Costume and Pioneer Museum was founded in 1967 and is accredited through the
    Museum Accreditation Program (Vic).
    It is the only public costume museum of its kind in Victoria and the combined museum has won awards for excellence.
    It is managed entirely by volunteer members of the Benalla & District Historical Society Inc. and is a splendid example of how the skills of an enthusiastic and talented group can produce excellence.
    The costume museum (a "must-see" for the feminine folk) is an excellent display of apparel worn in times past. I have to say that even a dumb male such as myself could appreciate some of the intricate work that had gone into the making of some of these garments.
    Definitely worth a look while you're in Benalla.
    P.S. Photography is not allowed in the costume section, I was granted special permission for the shots enclosed here.

    Costumes dating from 1770 A milliner's delight Quality is everywhere
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    Benalla Art Gallery

    by iandsmith Written Dec 21, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The striking modern building set over the waters was completed in 1975 and houses a fine eclectic body of work that attracts around 80,000 visitors annually.
    It's well laid out and the works are well displayed.

    (If you're wondering why the colour is strange in the photo it's because my camera was on the wrong settings.)

    Fondest memory: It features many 19th century landscapes by various well known Australian (or new Australian) artists who were coming to terms with the different natural light and natural flora and fauna of Australia. Many of these come from the private Ledger Collection.
    Overall, the gallery includes a selection of modern and contemporary art in a variety of media, which includes painting, prints, works on paper, textiles, ceramics and sculpture.
    On display is a tapestry of Sidney Nolan’s ‘Glenrowan’, from his Ned Kelly series. Following the 2002 bushfires, artist Rick Amor was commissioned to create a work which responded to the blackened landscape. The result, ‘The Arc - aftermath of bushfires in the North East’ is a record of the tragedy of the fires, and an affirmation of nature’s powers of regeneration. It's a thought provoking work shall we say.

    The modernistic art gallery
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    The Sculpture

    by iandsmith Written Oct 19, 2011

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    Favorite thing: I pulled up and couldn't help but notice this significant bit of sculpture sitting beside the museum and the water. As you cross the bridge it is definitely a standout.

    Fondest memory: The ceramic mural is a work of community. While Judy Lorraine was appointed as artist-in-residence the whole project was supported by the three levels of government. David N. Moore was project co-ordinator, not to be confused with David W. Moore as Education Officer during the planning stages. For over 20 years David W. and Judy remained committed to the mural and contributors included many significant artists, over 1,000 students and many volunteers.
    It was officially opened in 2010 by local mayor, Bill Hill.

    Panoramic view of about half the sculpture A part aside Detail of some of the work
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