Explore the CAM collection of over 2000 artworks and 4000 historical artefacts.
Founded in 1913, the Castlemaine Art Museum has a unique collection of Australian art and fascinating historical artefacts reflecting the early history of the district.
The art collection's focus on Australian art extends beyond familiar media such as painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing to include graphic arts (especially illustration and cartooning) as well as ceramics. Recently, CAM has initiated prizes in contemporary art and printmaking that seek to reinforce the museum’s original attention to living Australian artists. The art collection consists of approximately 1600 paintings, prints and works on paper; 200 art ceramics, 80 plinth-scale sculptures, and 120 photographs.
The social-historical collection includes furniture, costume and textiles, photographs in 19th and early-20th century formats, ceramics, metalwork, natural history specimens, documents and historical publications, municipal and community documents, architectural ornaments, gold rush artefacts, and items associated with people of local historical significance.
Tom Roberts, Reconciliation, c1887, oil on canvas. Gift of the artist, 1930. Image: Ian Hill.