Visit La Trobe Art Institute
La Trobe Art Institute exhibitions and events are always free to all.
Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 midday to 5 pm
Monday by appointment
Public holidays 2024
Our galleries are closed from Saturday 16 December 2023 to Tuesday 2 January 2024.
We are open from 12 midday to 5 pm on the following public holidays:
- 26 January
- Good Friday, 26 March
- Easter Saturday, 27 March
- Easter Sunday, 28 March
- ANZAC Day, 25 April
- Friday before the AFL Grand Final, 27 September.
We are open during normal gallery hours on all other public holidays unless they fall on a Monday.
Our galleries are closed from Saturday 14 December 2024 to Monday 6 January 2025.
Getting to La Trobe Art Institute
Bendigo is approximately 150 km north-west of Melbourne and can be reached by car or V/Line train. We’re situated in the heart of Bendigo’s arts precinct, opposite Bendigo Art Gallery in historic View Street, a short walk from a wealth of cafés, independent shops, parks and attractions.
The Melbourne to Bendigo V/Line train service takes about two hours.
- Train timetables and fares are available at Public Transport Victoria.
- La Trobe Art Institute is a 15-minute walk from the station via Mitchell and View streets.
- The nearest bus stop is at the corner of Rowan and View streets. Catch bus 50, 52, 53, 54, 55 or 63 from outside Bendigo Railway Station.
Travelling by car
Travelling by car from Melbourne to Bendigo takes about two hours via the Calder Freeway (M79). The trip from Castlemaine takes about 30 minutes and from Kyneton about one hour.
- Off-street (ticketed) car parking is available at the Rosalind Park carpark, behind The Capital. Enter via the roundabout at the intersection of View and Rowan streets.
- Short-term on-street carparks are available along View, Rowan and Mackenzie streets. These fill up quickly, especially on busy days.
Accessibility and inclusion
There is disabled car parking available across View Street in front of The Capital and Bendigo Trades Hall. The pedestrian crossing in front of Bendigo Art Gallery is the smoothest route for crossing the street in a wheelchair.
Our building is wheelchair and pram accessible via a ramp entry adjacent to the main entrance. Our galleries and bathrooms are also accessible.
- Assistance and guide dogs are welcome.
- Baby change facilities are available.
- Gender-neutral toilets are available.
Some exhibitions have sound and lights that may have unwelcome effects on people with noise and light sensitivity. Please contact us if you wish to know more before your visit.
We are here to help – please ask us for assistance to make your visit more enjoyable.
The University welcomes our local community to Bundoora as a place to live, learn, work, socialise and stay healthy. The campus is accessible year round and entry is always free.
Get to the Melbourne Campus by car, public transport, walking or cycling. Learn more about sustainable transport options, car parking permits and carpark locations at Transport Central.
Refer to our map of the Sculpture Park [PDF 1MB] to explore more than 20 public sculptures.
Suggested Sculpture Park campus entry points in order of recommendation include:
- Thomas Cherry Building bus stop (north-west entry)
- Visitors Carpark (south and west entry)
- Carpark 6 (east entry)
- Carpark 8 (north entry).
We display works from the FM Courtis Collection and present artist commissions in the Heyward Library and elsewhere on campus at Edwards Road, Flora Hill.
Learn more about travel and parking information at the Bendigo Campus.
We present exhibitions of works from the La Trobe University Art Collection on the ground level of the campus in Fryers Street, Shepparton.
Learn more about travel and parking information at the Shepparton Campus.
One foot on the ground, one foot in the water
We are proud to partner with NETS Victoria to tour this thematic group exhibition to five Australian public galleries in 2022–23.
Find out how to visit the exhibition at the NETS Victoria exhibition webpage.