Cowen Gallery

This spectacular 19th-century gallery creates an atmosphere of prestige, refinement and exclusivity. Surrounded by original paintings and sculptures in a truly palatial setting, your guests are sure to be impressed by this venue.

Cowen Gallery showcases significant works from the Library’s paintings collection. The current display includes portraits and landscapes, and historical and contemporary works to create connections and tell new stories. It has been conceived around two broad themes; the northern end of the room, framed by William Strutt’s Black Thursday  (1864) and Juan Davila’s Churchill National Park  (2009), includes works about regional Victoria and the landscape, while the southern end of the room, featuring Reinhold Hofmann’s Melbourne 1836  (c. 1886) and Jan Senberg’s  Melbourne 1998-99, explores the city and urbanisation.

The gallery occasionally hosts temporary exhibitions.

Availability –   After 6pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Cowen Gallery

Key Features;

  • Exclusivity
  • Landscape collection featuring iconic works
  • 19th century heritage interior with large flexible floor space
  • 6.4m high ceilings
  • Parquetry floor
  • Proximity to La Trobe Reading Room