01 September 2018–01 January 2019
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Changes to Cowen Gallery and Rotundas
From 5 March, due to our Vision 2020 redevelopment project, artworks in Cowen Gallery and the Blue Rotunda have been removed and the Red Rotunda has temporarily closed.
Refreshed collections will be installed in Cowen Gallery in spring 2018. Further information about the reopening of the Red Rotunda will be announced at a later date.
The Library’s elegant Cowen Gallery features one of Australia’s most significant collections of Victorian artworks. Explore aspects of Victoria’s rich history in scenes of European settlement, early Melbourne streetscapes and portraits of some of Australia’s most influential figures.
This stunning collection includes works by Frederick McCubbin, John Glover, William Strutt, Danila Vassilieff, Percival Ball and John Francis.
Red & Blue Rotundas
The Cowen Gallery includes two adjacent rooms: the Red Rotunda and the Blue Rotunda.
The Red Rotunda contains 19th-century paintings and sculptures of some of Victoria's early settlers and other individuals who made important contributions to the history of this state, including Sir Redmond Barry, William Buckley and William Barak.
The Blue Rotunda houses 20th-century works such as portraits of authors, artists and others who have contributed to the rich culture of Victoria.
Throughout the year, the gallery also hosts occasional temporary exhibitions.
On occasion, the Red Rotunda or Blue Rotunda may be closed for events. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Plan your visit
The Cowen Gallery is open Monday to Thursday 10am–9pm, and Friday to Sunday 10am–6pm.