Langi Morgala Museum first opened its doors to the public in 1970 to provide a home for the diverse collections of Aboriginal works of art and artefacts that are important to the region’s history. The museum is managed by the Ararat and District Historical Society.
Langi Morgala Museum – Opening Times & Admission Fee, Ararat Victoria
The museum’s name is testament to the rich Aboriginal culture as it is translated to mean the ‘home of yesterday’. There are many collections on display at the museum. These include dressed models that showcase the heritage of the Aboriginal people, traditional clothing and farm machinery. The farm machinery is reflective of the famous gold rush that occurred in 1856. This machinery is found on display outside near the renovated blacksmiths shop.
The eclectic artefacts reflect a wide range of themes that span the 19th and 20th century. A good number of these collections were donated by locals who currently live, or have lived, in the region. A number of the domestic items are grouped in six expansive rooms with different themes.
Langi Morgala Museum is also home to contemporary items, most notably those that relate to local champions and iconic figures in the collection. Look out for artefacts that relate to renowned world Champion and Olympic Cyclist, Shane Kelly. Other notable collections include The Mooney and Best collections as well as objects sourced from expansive estates in the district.
Some of the amenities provided at the museum include ample car and bus parking, accessible washrooms and books available for sale.