Clare Valley Galleries and Museums
A snapshot in time
There’s more to the Clare Valley than fabulous wine and food.
It has a proud 160 year architectural and agricultural history and you’ll find fine examples of it throughout the region.
There are three museums in Burra which give a glimpse of early settler life. Morphett’s Engine House Museum, Bon Accord Mining Museum and Market Square Museum are must see attractions, with working exhibits and displays.
Step back in time
At Clare’s National Trust Museum, there’s a collection of nineteenth century clothing, furniture and household items. The museum is housed in Clare's first courthouse and police station, which was built in 1850.
Riverton’s Scholz Park Museum is another unique snapshot of those times. It’s like a little township with a cottage - where a family of six was raised - a blacksmith and wheelwright shop to explore.
The Polish were some of the Clare Valley’s first settlers. They arrived in the 1850s and the Polish Hill River Church Museum reflects their contribution to the community.
Cellar door galleries
Mt Surmon Wines is one of several wineries that are also galleries. On top of a hill just north of Clare, Scarlatti’s Gallery has new exhibitions every five weeks but the sublime view is permanent. Enjoy it over wine and delicious platters of local produce.
Patly Hill Farm combines food and art. The Terrace Gallery has a collection of paintings, glass, ceramic and timber crafts plus a superb range of home-made olive products, jams, pickles and preserves.
At the Sevenhill and Annie’s Lane wineries there are impressive collections of coopers' tools and old winemaking equipment.
See modern art at Irongate Studio in Mintaro.
Head to Balaklava. You’ll see vintage tractors and horse drawn vehicles, war memorabilia, fashion, sculptures and quilting at the Balaklava Museum and Balaklava Courthouse Gallery.
You’ll find the Medika Gallery in Blyth’s old Lutheran Church. The collection includes portraits of regional birdlife, glassware, pottery and crystal.
Whatever you do, make sure you visit historic Martindale Hall. Explore this beautifully preserved museum which was used in the classic Australian film Picnic at Hanging Rock.
In the Clare Valley, life really does imitate art.
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