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La Trobe Art Institute exhibitions and events are always free to all.

Opening hours

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.

Public transport

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.