Culture, Art & Heritage

Museums, art galleries, historic homesteads, craft markets and antique stores on the Mornington Peninsula.

Historical Sites & Antiques

The Briars Historic Park
First settled by Europeans in the 1840’s, ‘The Briars’ incorporates an 1850s homestead and surrounding 8 hectares of lawns, gardens and trees with bird hides and bush walks.
Nepean Highway, Mt Martha
Phone: (03) 5974 3686

Cottage gardens featuring annuals and perennials which are at their best between October and April. Bluestone homestead built in 1871. Plant and seed sales. Tearoom/Restaurant. Home of the famous ‘Digger’s Club.’
Latrobe Parade, Dromana
Phone (03) 5987 1877

Cape Schanck Lighthouse & Museum
One of the few light stations still operating today. Established in 1857 it offers visitors a glimpse of the past. Explore the light tower and historic outbuildings.
Cape Schanck Road, Cape Schanck
Phone (03) 5988 6184

McCrae Homestead
Homestead was built in 1844 for the pioneering McCrae family. Furnished with many original pieces, including family heirlooms and books. National Trust operated.
11 Beverley Road, McCrae
Phone: (03) 5986 5688

Craft Markets
The Mornington Peninsula is well known as being the home of the Red Hill market but every week the Mornington Peninsula hosts several community markets including the popular ‘Main Street Market’ every Wednesday in Mornington’s main shopping precinct. Craft Markets Australia gives details of other weekend markets on the Mornington Peninsula.

The Bottom Drawer Antique Centre
A rambling old building containing over 20 dealers. Tearoom available.
Mornington-Tyabb Road, Moorooduc
Phone: (03) 5978 8677

Tyabb Packing House Antique Centre
Australia’s largest antique centre. 42 dealers under one roof plus a comprehensive craft village at the rear and tea rooms.
Mornington-Flinders Road, Tyabb
Phone: (03) 5977 4414

Cinemas & Theatres

Mornington Cinemas
Rosebud Cinema comprises 6 luxury cinemas:
Dromana Drive-In has 3 screens:

Art Galleries on the Mornington Peninsula

Rye Lime Kiln
A reminder of the early industry that dates back to the 1840s.
Point Nepean Road, Rye (Whitecliffs)
Open daily. Free.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
The gallery has a changing program of nationally significant exhibitions by Australia’s leading artists.
Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington
Phone: (03) 5975 4395

Marion Rosetzky Gallery
Working studio specialising in the production of unique hand painted tiles. Natural bush gully setting. Select range of craftworks by leading Australian artists.
650 White Hill Road, Red Hill
Phone: (03) 5989 2557

Whitehill Gallery
Paintings, sculpture ceramics, glassworks and wearable art for that special occasion. Open Wednesday – Sunday, public & school holidays 11am-5pm.
White Hill Road, Red Hill
Phone: (03) 5931 0146