Museum and Art Gallery

20 Cowslip St
Violet Town
Phone: 03 5771 4194
The Ian Errey Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm (check whether current Covid restrictions have caused changes to these times)    The Museum is on a site that was once a blacksmith, hardware supplies and undertakers business in the 1890s. The old building has now been restored by volunteers. The museum aims to preserve the stories of Violet Town's interesting and resilient community.   Exhibitions focus on particular themes or significant past events in the history of the town and district. These are taken down or reduced two or three times a year to make way for new exhibitions. Current Exhibition Hotels and Inns of Violet Town explores the changing style, importance and locations of the hotels and inns in Violet Town over time. This will be ready for viewing by mid March. (See What’s On and the Violet Town Museum facebook page for the latest updates.) Previous Exhibitions No Toxic Dump  The 2002-2004 community campaign to say no to the Victorian Government's siting of a TOXIC WASTE DUMP on Baddaginnie/Violet Town farmland. Southern Aurora Tragedy   The 7th of February 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the terrible crash at Violet Town between the Southern Aurora and a goods train that claimed 9 lives and injured countless others. The exhibition highlights the human stories of those affected, including the rescue workers from the local community who responded and the difficulties they faced in an era half a century ago. Cowslip Street – Then and Now    A photographic exhibition documenting the changes to the streetscape of what is now Violet Town's main street over the last century.   The backART Gallery Located behind the Ian Errey Museum, the backART Gallery is open during Museum and cafe opening hours with free entry. Exhibitions featuring local artists’ work, are regularly held in the space - see What's On for details.     Performance Space The Museum buildings provide a variety of performance spaces for concerts, open-mic sessions and more.  Check the website What’s On and also the Violet Town Museum facebook page for the latest performance dates.