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"Benalla's famous museum" Top 5 Page for this destination Australia Favorite Tip by iandsmith

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  The likeness of Ned Kelly
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  • The likeness of Ned Kelly - Australia
      The likeness of Ned Kelly
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  • The award winning Benalla Museum - Australia
      The award winning Benalla Museum
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Favorite thing: The Benalla Costume and Pioneer Museum was founded in 1967 and is accredited through the
Museum Accreditation Program (Vic).
It is the only public costume museum of its kind in Victoria.
It is managed entirely by volunteer members of the Benalla & District Historical Society Inc. and is a splendid example of how the skills of an enthusiastic and talented group can produce excellence.
The Museum is centrally located on the bank of Lake Benalla adjacent to the Ceramic Mural,
and opposite the Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens.

Fondest memory: The Museum specialises in costume and local history, including much of the NED KELLY STORY, Australia's most notorious criminal. As Benalla is in the heart of Kelly Country, the KELLY STORY is given considerable emphasis. Here you will find 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 and you won't miss the figure as you walk in the door.
The Historical Society also has a 'Research Room' in the Museum in which early Benalla newspapers, books, documents, and pictures are stored. The Research Room is open to the public for research purposes on Wednesdays from 12.30 to 3.30pm throughout the year for those who may wish to explore the annals of Benalla's History.
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

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