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Benalla Costume and Pioneer Museum




The Benalla Costume and Pioneer Museum was founded in 1967 and is the only public costume museum of its kind in Victoria.

The Museum specialises in costume and local history, including much of the Ned Kelly Story.

The costume collection dates from 1770 to the present, and is shown in regularly changing exhibitions of dressed models, with appropriate accessories and decor to suit the theme of the exhibition.

Local history is displayed in several permanent exhibitions, depicting Benalla Memorabilia, the Kelly Story and three of Benalla's famous sons. Two of Benalla's famous sons - surgeon and war hero Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, and Captain Hector Waller, RAN - are remembered in the Services Room. The tea room and associated display is named after a third 'famous son' - Michael Joseph Savage, first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand, who was born at Tatong near Benalla.

As Benalla is in the heart of Kelly Country, the KELLY STORY is given considerable emphasis. Here is a transportable prison cell in which Ned was once imprisoned, and it contains authentic memorabilia including Ned's bloodstained sash (which he wore at the siege at Glenrowan) and his bridle as well as other items. You can also read many letters and documents about the gang and Ned's family, and see an excellent 12 minute video.

Be absolutely sure you and the children especially, come into the Museum to see the Miniature House.

The Museum complex in Mair Street also houses the Visitor Information Centre with local tourist and accommodation information and The Creators Gallery selling quality art and craft and souvenirs. And you can enjoy a tea or coffee in our Tea Room!

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14 Mair Street,  Benalla 3672, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: (03) 5762 1749
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