Arts & Culture

Art galleries, museums, history and culture

It’s art in action on the Mornington Peninsula! Drop in on glass blowers as they create brilliant glass art, call into artists’ studios or buy at fabulous art galleries. There’s art in the great outdoors too, so why not picnic in a sculpture park or amid the spectacular coastal scenery of an art trail.

Does history intrigue you? Then tour tiny museums and visit spots such as Cape Schanck’s 1850s lighthouse or Point Nepean’s historic military installations. There’s lots of contemporary culture too, so just check online and book a concert, play or festival event.


The Mornington Peninsula boasts a vibrant and flourishing arts scene with many artists making the peninsula their home. There are galleries of all sizes and public art throughout the region. And if you are after a bit of culture, then there are theatre concerts, events of all kinds, performing arts, family shows and comedy.

But equally as strong as the contemporary arts scene is the Mornington Peninsula’s sense of history. For heritage lovers there are a diverse range of museums and heritage experiences, from historic cottages to car museums and grand historic mansions. Victoria’s first European settlement was established near Sorrento in 1803, and the state’s second lightstation was built at Cape Schanck in 1859 (it still operates much as it did originally). Point Nepean played a critical defence role from the 1880s through both World Wars, and its historic Quarantine Station is now open to visitors.