Warrnambool Art Gallery

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One of Australia's oldest art galleries (established 1886), WAG has a stellar collection of works by prominent Australian painters. Its most famous piece is Eugene von Guérard's landscape Tower Hill, which is so detailed that it was used by botanists as a historical record when regenerating the Tower Hill area. There are contemporary pieces too, and several exhibitions run concurrently.

The popular Warrnibald show, held late July to mid-September, showcases portraits of local identities and their stories. The gallery's gift shop is worth a browse for its excellent books, contemporary knick-knacks and prints of works from its collection.

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