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Museums, Arts and Culture

Art is the product of creative expression and may take many forms, including performing arts (dance, music, performance) visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography, craft), literature (writing and reading), film and various hybrids, often using new technologies.

Culture is broadly defined as artistic expressions, tastes and social pursuits valued by society, and can include knowledge, ideas and values associated with ethnicity, popular culture, local history and cultural heritage.

Together, arts and culture offer a wide range of elements that contribute materially to a sense of place, local identity, social cohesion and quality of life.


Your guide to exploring the Alpine Valleys Museums and full website alpinehistory.com.au.

Step back in time and experience a fascinating insight to the Alpine Shire's rich history...


Bright & District Historical Society Inc.
Former Bright Railway Station
Railway Avenue, Bright, Victoria, 3741

The collection consists of approximately 1250 articles relevant to the station, the railways and the local area.

This includes railway artefacts, signals, retired rolling stock such as a 1917 BU passenger carriage, 1907 CE class luggage van, ZL guards van and five goods wagons, aboriginal artefacts and Chinese memorabilia.

A replica Chinese Temple was constructed at the museum in 2007.

September - May
Sunday: 2pm - 4pm.
During school holidays or festivals
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, or by appointment.

For bus tours call (03) 5755 1009.

Adults $3.00
Children $1.00
Discount on bus tours


Bright RSL

5A Camp Street, Bright, Victoria 3741

The Bright RSL Sub-Branch Museum's mission is to preserve, exhibit and interpret artefacts, icons and memorabilia in order to promote and commemorate Australia's military heritage within the local community.

The collection includes numerous interpretive static displays, unique local art/photographic works, comprehensive military reference library, audio visual technology and a genealogical military records research capability.

The scope of the Museum facility covers Australia's key conflicts including the Boer War, WWI and II, Vietnam and Peacekeeping missions.

Friday: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Happy hour for members and invited guests.
The museum may be opened on request.
Call: (03) 5755 1028.


Athenaeum Park, Great Alpine Road
Harrietville, Victoria 3741

The Harrietville Museum is based upon the furnished front rooms of a restored miner’s cottage kindly donated by a local family with a display area attached to the rear.

The display area is regularly rotated with other items from within the society's archives.

In the grounds of the museum there are examples on display of various historic items from the mining history of the area such as a four head stamping battery and a steam traction engine.

The 'Harrietville Gold' display featuring Harrietville's mining history was officially opened in January 2011.

1 December - 30 April
Weekends: 12pm to 3pm.
Other times by appointment ($15 call-out fee applies).

$4 per person or $10 per family.

Call: (03) 5759 2797.

Mount Beauty

C/O Mount Beauty Visitor Information Centre
31 Bogong High Plains Road
Mount Beauty, Victoria, 3697

The Kiewa Valley Historical Society aims to preserve and conserve the history and heritage that is unique to the Kiewa Valley and surrounding Bogong High Plains.

The collection has many items that show the social history of how the first settlers of the Kiewa Valley and Mount Beauty lived, worked and socialised.

The collection includes photographs, books, farming equipment, hospital and technological equipment from the Kiewa Hydro Scheme, oral histories and genealogy records.

9am - 5pm.

Free entry.

Call: (03) 5755 0596


Former Myrtleford State School 1870 - 1938
29 Elgin Street
Myrtleford, Victoria 3737

Displays include;
old school classroom,
1930's kitchen and living room,
gold mining artefacts and equipment,
barber shop,
tobacconist cabinets,
tobacco growing industry exhibit,
newspaper printing machinery,
horse-drawn agricultural machinery,
farming equipment,
bottle collection,
Australian military forces and Italian P.O.W. photographs and memorabilia,
and sporting trophies.

Genealogical research is also available with many photographs and records of historical significance including district scenery, local industries, people and events.

September - May
Sunday: 2pm - 5pm.
Other times available by appointment.

Adults: $2.00
Children: 50c
Research Fee: $10.00

Call: (03) 5727 1417

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