TarraWarra Museum of Art captures the vision of its founders, philanthropists Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AC, passionate collectors of Australian art from the 1950s to the present day. Not only did they gift the building that houses the Museum, but also a significant proportion of their collection of modern and contemporary Australian art for the enjoyment of all visitors from Australia and abroad.
Since opening its doors to the public on 18 December 2003, TarraWarra Museum of Art has been one of the cultural jewels in the Yarra Valley, providing visitors with a relaxing and enjoyable experience comprising of both stunning architecture and a diverse program of exhibitions and events.
In 2004, Allan Powell was awarded the winner of the inaugural Victorian Premier’s Design Award for his elegant design.
In 2009, in the wake of the devasting bush fires in the region, the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) was invited to play a benefit concert. Since then the TarraWarra Festival, featuring the ACO, has played at the Museum every year.
By 2020, the Museum has had three Directors, and has produced over 110 exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, exhibiting the work of hundreds of artists.