Museum and Art Gallery

20 Cowslip St
Violet Town
Phone: 03 5771 4194

Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm (check for additional times)


The Museum

On a site that was once a blacksmith, hardware supplies and undertakers business in the 1890s, the Violet Town Museum building has been restored by volunteers. The museum aims to preserve the stories of Violet Town's interesting and resilient community.



No Toxic Dump

The 2002-2004 campaign to say no to the Victorian Government's siting process that proposed a TOXIC WASTE DUMP at Baddaginnie/Violet Town.

no toxic dump

Southern Aurora Tragedy

7 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 that responded from the local community, 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 Art Gallery

backArts Exhibitions

The backArts Gallery is open during Museum and cafe opening hours with free entry. Exhibitions are regularly held in the space - see What's On for details.

 Museum art exhibition market


Babblers Café

Babblers Café is located within the Violet Town Museum. It is run by volunteers, and all of its proceeds go towards the operational expenses of the museum and art gallery.

With great coffee, tea, light meals and snacks, Babblers' ambience provides a relaxing time-out for locals and visitors alike. Open same hours as the museum.

Babblers Cafe external


Performance Space

The Museum buildings provide a variety of performance spaces for concerts, open-mic sessions and more.

Museum outdoors