Permanent Exhibitions @ Benalla Museum

Permanent Exhibitions @ Benalla MuseumPermanent Exhibitions @ Benalla Museum

The Benalla Costume and Kelly Museum reopened in late March 2024 in conjunction with the opening of the new Benalla Visitors Centre.

The Visitors Centre and the Museum are open:

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Weekends and public holidays 10am-4pm

The Benalla Costume and Pioneer Museum with the only public costume museum of its kind in Victoria as well as the museum's own extensive collection.

Permanent Exhibitions


Miniature House

Built to scale by local identity Mrs Gay Stell (11th January 1908 - 15th March 2012), this model house, 2.7m by 1.9m replicates an affluent middle class Australian home of the 60s and is completely furnished in meticulous detail. Mrs Stell handcrafted this model house and most of its contents over a period of 10 years, commencing in 1978. The detail is simply astounding, including the scaled white-goods in the kitchen and bathrooms supplied by several manufacturers. There is even a whisky decanter containing whisky!

Harcourt Paintings

Edward ('Ted') Harcourt (28th February 1926 - 5th December 1999)
Ted was a long time resident of Benalla who took up watercolour painting in the 1960s.
He painted many buildings of Benalla and also of Melbourne.
His style was tending towards photographic, depicting great detail and form.
He bequeathed his paintings to the Benalla Museum.
Many of his paintings of Benalla are of buildings no longer standing.
Most of Harcourt's paintings of BENALLA are permanently on display in the Museum.

Suitably Clad

Suitably Clad shows suits for a great variety of occasions and purposes; for children and adults.

The exhibition is taken from the Museum's own collection of authentic historic costumes plus a few items on loan.

Our Famous Sons

Melbourne Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop
Melbourne Capt. Hector Waller R.A.N.
Melbourne Michael Joseph Savage

The Kelly Story


Our authentic memorabilia and displays give an understanding of the whole Kelly story. Ned Kelly was the last bushranger to be hanged in Victoria.

The Kelly Story, which highlights the exploits of the Kelly Gang, is partly housed in a portable prison cell in which Ned was once imprisoned, and contains authentic memorabilia including Ned's bloodstained sash (which he wore at the siege at Glenrowan) and his bridle as well as letters, documents, and a 12 minute video giving an excellent, concise narration of he Kelly story.



❊ When ❊


Happens: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Times: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Weekends and public holidays 10am-4pm


❊ Where ❊


Benalla Costume and Kelly Museum View Venue
14 Mair Street Benalla Victoria 3671 Map
Benalla Costume and Kelly Museum14 Mair Street, Benalla, 3671, Victoria





❊ Web Links ❊

Permanent Exhibitions @ Benalla Museum

Benalla Costume and Pioneer Museum


Disclaimer: Check with the venue (web links) before making plans, travelling or buying tickets.

Accessibility: Contact the venue for accessibility information.



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