Heide Museum of Modern Art began life in 1934 as the home of Melbourne couple John and Sunday Reed and has since evolved into one of Australia’s most important cultural institutions.
Set within fifteen acres of parkland and landscaped gardens that stretch from the original farmhouse down to the banks of the Yarra River, has a rich artistic and social history. In 1981, when it became a public museum, Heide was transformed from a neglected former dairy farm into the beautiful site that it is today. The Reeds’ support and championing of the visual arts, literature, architecture and gardening made a significant and lasting contribution to Australian culture.
Heide Cottage was home to the Reeds for thirty-five years and is the place where Sidney Nolan’s Kelly series was painted. Amassing an outstanding collection of contemporary art, the Reeds outgrew the Heide Cottage, and in 1963 commissioned David McGlashan to plan and construct a new home in the modernist style. They desired a ‘gallery to be lived in’, and the site has expanded to include the Sidney Myer Education Centre, an elegant glass pavilion café and the Heide main galleries, a cottage garden, and purpose built museum space.
Open to the public all year round, the beautiful gardens at Heide offer a space for family enjoyment and individual reflection and incorporate a sculpture park and several of the original gardens, which are now heritage listed.
Free guided tours, daily at 2pm.
Heide Museum of Modern Art welcomes visitors with disabilities and staff will do everything possible to provide all visitors with a positive experience.
Concession $17 (See list)
Children under 16 FREE
Senior’s Day (Tuesdays) $17
Manningham residents FREE (proof of address required)
Gardens & Sculpture Park FREE
Heide Museum of Modern Art
7 Templestowe Road Bulleen VIC 3105
03 9850 1500
Tue to Sun and public holidays