Culture Victoria

Ararat & District Historical Society (operating the Langi Morgala Museum)

48 Queen Street Ararat Phone: (03) 5352 3117 Visit Website

Langi Morgala Museum is the home of the collection of Ararat and District Historical Society. This Ararat museum holds an eclectic collection of items. These include aboriginal artefacts, thousands of photographs (mostly of local interest), everyday items used in the home and in local businesses, and collections relating to local individuals such as Stan Kelly (botanical artist), Mary Norman-Bail (educator and artist), and Shane Kelly (five-time Olympic cyclist).

The Museum's Aboriginal name translates as "home of yesterday". It is housed in a bluestone and brick building built in 1874 and has National Trust classification 'C". Displays, including many photographs, dressed models, everyday items and farm machinery, reflecting life from the gold mining rush of 1856 to mid 20th C. The Mooney and Charles Best collections of Aboriginal artefacts are also featured, the Mooney collection being on loan from the City of Ararat.