NileGuide Expert Says:
Heide Museum of Modern Art is a more than just a gallery: it’s a piece of Melbourne art history in stunning rural surrounds. Only a short drive from the city, it’s definite for any Australian art lover.
7 Templestowe Road
3105 Melbourne, Australia
tel: +61 3 9850 1500
fax: +61 3 9852 0154
10a-5p Tu-F, noon-5p Sa-Su & public holidays
History and the contemporary unite at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Hidden within sixteen acres of tranquil gardens in Melbourne's outer suburb of Bulleen, Heidi was once home to infamous Melbourne art collectors John and Sunday Reed and also housed iconic Australian artists such as Sidney Nolan and Joy Hester for stretches between the 1930s and 1950s.
The debauchery between these strained lovers and friends is long gone, but their creative spirit is still present in the walls of Heide. The original house is now Heide I, one of the three gallery spaces open to the public. Exhibiting modern and contemporary art exhibitions, Heide finds its difference in the unique combination of the natural landscape drenched in artistic and social history and its firm embrace of the new through modernist architecture.
Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Heide Café, so fresh you can look out the window and watch it grow.
Most easily accessible by car, Heide Museum of Modern Art is well worth the 20 minute drive from Melbourne's Central Business District.
Photo courtesy of Heide Museum of Modern Art