About us

The Benalla Costume and Kelly 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 Benalla Historical Society Inc. and is a splendid example of how the skills of an enthusiastic and talented group can produce excellence.The museum specializes in costumes and local history, including the Ned Kelly Story. The Historical Society also has a ‘Research Room‘ in the Museum in which early news papers dating back to the 1800’s, books, documents, and pictures are stored. The Research Room will be closed from Wednesday 13th December 2017 for the Christmas/New Year period and will reopen at 12:30pm on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

History of Homes and Other Buildings in Benalla project

The aim of the History of Benalla Homes and other Buildings project is to have a property database available as a searchable history of as many buildings in Benalla and the surrounding area as possible. The task is huge and any help would be greatly appreciated.

To assist us in data collection and to register a home and/or building, click here to download a blank form to complete and return to the Historical Society.

Benalla Historical Society Membership

Annual memberships are are now due – $15.00 for a single and $20.00 for a family.

To print a renewal/application membership form please click here.

The completed membership form with your subscription can be sent to the Treasurer, Truss Gribben, PO Box 201, Benalla 3672, or dropped into the Museum at 14 Mair Street Benalla.

Where and when

14 Mair Street, Benalla
Opening Hours

Daily 9:00am – 5:00pm (closed Christmas Day)

Last entry to the Museum – 4:30pm
Museum Charges:
Adults: $5.00 Concession: $4.00 Children: $1.00

Coaches and groups are welcome. Bookings preferred

email: visitor.info@benalla.vic.gov.au

phone: 03 5762 1749

Easy wheelchair access is available through the main entrance

What to see

‘The GLAMOUR of the 1930’s’ ‘Mini, Maxi and More’ Miniature House Harcourt Paintings


Local history is displayed in several permanent exhibitions, depicting Benalla memorabilia, the Kelly story

and three of  Benalla’s famous sons.

Two of Benalla’s famous sons – surgeon and war hero Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop and Captain Hector Waller R.A.N are remembered in the Services Room.

The Tea Room and associated display is named after the third ‘famous’ son Michael Joseph Savage,

first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand, who was born at Tatong near Benalla.

As Benalla is the heart of the Ned Kelly country, the Kelly story is given considerable emphasis.

In the museum is a transportable cell in which Ned was once imprisoned.

The cell 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.

The Museum complex at 14 Mair Street also houses the VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE with local tourist and accommodation information.



Benalla is situated on the main highway and rail link between

Melbourne and Sydney, just two hours from Melbourne.

The Museum is centrally located on the bank of Lake Benalla,

opposite the Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens, and

adjacent to the Ceramic Mural.