Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen

The Heide Museum of Modern Art, also known as Heide, is an art museum in Bulleen, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Established in 1981, the museum houses modern and contemporary art across three distinct exhibition buildings and is set within sixteen acres of heritage-listed gardens and a sculpture park.

The museum occupies the site of a former dairy farm owned by prominent arts benefactors John and Sunday Reed. After purchasing the farm in 1934, they named it Heide in reference to the Heidelberg School, an impressionist art movement that developed in nearby Heidelberg in the 1880s. Heide became the gathering place for a collective of young modernist painters known as the Heide Circle, which included Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Albert Tucker and Joy Hester, who often stayed in the Reeds' 19th-century farmhouse, now known as Heide I. Today they rank among Australia's best-known artists and are also considered leaders of the Angry Penguins, a modernist art movement named after a cultural journal co-published by the Reeds and poet Max Harris. Heide's close relationship to this movement is evidenced in many of its displays.

Between 1964 and 1967, the Reeds built a new residence, Heide II, now considered one of the finest examples of modernist architecture in Victoria. In 1980, after several years of negotiations, the Reeds sold Heide II, most of the adjoining property and significant works from their art collection to the Victorian Government for the establishment of a public art museum and park. The museum has since expanded its collection through many individual gifts, and in keeping with the Reeds' original aim, continues to support young and emerging artists.

In 1993, Heide III, a new purpose-built gallery building designed by Andrew Andersons, was added to the Heide complex. This building was extended when Heide underwent major redevelopments in 2005–06. Also during this period, the Sidney Myer Education Centre was built, Heide II and the surrounding gardens were restored, and new facilities were constructed.
Make Heide Museum of Modern Art a part of your Bulleen vacation plans using our Bulleen trip maker app.
Create an itinerary including Heide Museum of Modern Art
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Heide Museum of Modern Art reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
199 reviews
  • No doubt inspired by the Heidelberg School. Interesting works, and nice location. Tricky to get to by public transport though. Can get pretty crowded as well.  more »
  • I recently hosted my sisters wedding at Heide and it was a stunning location for the ceremony and reception. Simon, Jo and Bam from Heide all worked fantastically to make the day go without a hitch...  more »
  • We went to the Makers Market last weekend, it was a lovely afternoon, would be a great place to have a picnic and then have a look around the grounds and gallery. We also loved walking around the garden kitchen and looking at the wonderful plants and veggies. a lovely outing
  • A wonderful comprehensive art experience. Suitable for a whole day or just an hour. Great exhibitions, beautiful grounds and walking paths and good general facilities.

Plan your trip to Bulleen

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Bulleen

Duration: 30 minutes
Duration: 2 hours
Duration: 2 hours
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Bulleen

Duration: 2 hours
Duration: 4 hours
Duration: 1h 30 min
Duration: 4 hours