Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum will showcase a unique collection of photographic portraits in their new exhibition Pose, on now until Sunday 8th March, 2020.

The Gold Museum’s photographic collection represents a variety of photographic studios which operated in Ballarat from the 1870s onwards. State-of-the-art studios sprang up across the city centre, and photography was embraced immediately by Ballarat locals who flocked to have their portraits taken. Each image represented their aspirations and status within the community, as well as a desire to capture a special moment for posterity.

Highlighting the work of Ballarat’s talented photographic studios, Pose will feature portraiture styles from carte de visites to celebrity postcards. The exhibition will also display an extensive selection of cameras – from the 19th century box brownie to the 21st century smartphone.

The exhibition will coincide with the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB), a city-wide photographic festival. Those attending the Biennale will receive a discounted entry to Pose, upon showing their festival program.


  • Women Pioneers of Ballarat Photographic Montage
  • Travelling Photographer’s Cart
  • Bardwell’s Royal Studio Photographic Montage
  • Extensive camera display including Premo No 1 Kodak camera (1896), Kodak Box Brownie (1946) and Polaroid Land Camera (1970)


Dates:               On now until Sunday 8 March, 2020 (9:30am – 5:30pm)

Location:         Gold Museum, Sovereign Hill

Tickets:           Adult: $14 Child (5-15): $7.40 Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $36.60.

Special discount entry will be offered for BIFB visitors for the Gold Museum during the festival. BIFB visitors must show their festival program to staff for this special entry price.

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