Frequently Asked Questions


Why is Heide called Heide?

‘Heide’ is an abbreviation of Heidelberg, the local township, and is the name coined by founders John and Sunday Reed after they purchased the property and original farmhouse in 1934. Since that time the suburban boundaries have been changed, and Heide’s address is now part of Bulleen rather than Heidelberg.

Who were the architects of Heide Modern and Heide Galleries?

Heide Modern was designed by David McGlashan of the architectural firm, McGlashan and Everist, and completed in 1968. The brief from John and Sunday Reed was for a ‘gallery to be lived in’. You can learn more on a guided tour and in the publication Living in Landscape: Heide and Houses by McGlashan and Everist, available for purchase in the Heide Shop.

The original Heide Galleries building was designed by Andrew Andersons of Peddle Thorp Architects, creating a new series of gallery spaces adjoining the Heide Modern building. O’Connor + Houle Architecture redeveloped the Heide Galleries in 2005–06, adding the Albert and Barbara Tucker Gallery, the Tucker Study Centre and Kerry Gardner and Andrew Myer Project Gallery; and designing renovations to the main galleries and Heide Shop; and new amenities for storage and staff accommodation.

How is Heide funded?

Heide is a not-for-profit entity formed in 1981 for the purposes of operating and managing the assets of Heide, which were purchased by the State Government on behalf of the people of Victoria. Heide’s income is derived from a range of sources including government grants, philanthropic and commercial activities.

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How far ahead do you plan your exhibitions?

Heide plans and develops its exhibition program two to four years in advance. The program represents both modern and contemporary art, drawn from the Heide collection and from external sources. While the focus is on Australian art, the exhibition program also includes some international projects.

How can I let the Heide’s curatorial staff know about my artwork or an exhibition? How do I submit an exhibition proposal?

We are happy to circulate information about websites or images to Heide curators for their information. Heide’s curatorial team is always interested in receiving material from artists introducing their practice. In addition, the team welcomes updates from artists on new projects or exhibitions in the form of electronic invitations, publications, newsletters, flyers and website details.

The team’s preference is for material to be sent electronically via email to We do not accept original artworks.

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Does Heide have a permanent collection?

The Heide collection comprises over 3,500 works in all media, and includes a significant representation of Australian modern art by key artists from the 1930s to the 1960s. It offers perspectives on modern and contemporary art practice as well as Heide history. The Heide archives include significant holdings of artists’ papers, and documents relating to the professional activities of Heide founders John and Sunday Reed.

Does Heide sell works of art?

Heide does not sell works of art.

How do I donate works to Heide?

Please contact if you would like to inquire about donating a work of art to the Heide Collection.

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How do I get to Heide?

See Getting to Heide for information about public transport and parking, as well as directions and a map.

What days are you open?

Heide is open every Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Heide is also open on all Public Holidays apart from Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Is there an entry charge? Can I just visit the Heide Cottage?

Yes, there is an admission charge that covers entry to all three buildings and current exhibitions: there are no separate tickets for the different parts of the museum. Please make sure to check dates of exhibitions before your visit as one or more buildings may periodically be closed for exhibition changeover.

What is the definition of a concession?

You can find details here.

How long should I allow for my visit?

We recommend that you allow at least an hour and a half to see all of the exhibitions. Extra time is suggested to visit the sixteen acres of sculpture park and gardens

Can I take photographs, video or film?

Photography is generally allowed without flash or the use of a tripod or mono pod, unless otherwise indicated in the gallery space.

For commercial and student film and photography inside the galleries and outside on the grounds please refer to our guidelines here.

Is there seating in the galleries?

There is limited seating throughout the gallery spaces. Portable gallery stools are available for use within the gallery upon request. See our friendly staff if you would like to borrow one during your visit.

Is cloaking provided?

The Heide Galleries Information Desk has limited cloaking facilities available, free of charge.

Do you have guided tours?

There are daily 2pm tours that vary each day covering exhibitions, history, gardens and sculpture. Find out more here.

Where is the closest parking at Heide?

There are two car parks within the Heide site as well as extra parking in nearby Banksia Park. See the map for further information.

Is the Museum wheelchair accessible? Are wheelchairs available in the Museum?

Heide Museum of Modern Art access information.

Heide has one wheelchair available to borrow, please call ahead on 9850 1500 to book for your visit.

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Why does the garden not have any labels for the plants?

Heide is a public sculpture park and heritage garden as opposed to a botanical garden, and as such, plaques are not in use.

There is further information available on Heide’s gardens including detailed planting lists in the publication Sunday’s Garden, and we also hold garden tours through Spring to Autumn, which are free to attend. Information regarding these can be found here.


How can I get permission to use images from the Heide Collection?

Heide can supply images at a fee. Fees are determined by the size and use of the image.

Image supply does not include copyright permission. Securing copyright is the responsibility of the person publishing the image.

Please contact with your requests.

Can I get reproductions of artworks?

Postcards of some collection works are available in the Heide Shop.


How do I get a job/internship at Heide?

Job and internship opportunities are advertised periodically on our website here.

Do you run art workshops?

Heide runs adult and children art workshops throughout the year. You can find information about upcoming programs here.

Does Heide have a membership program?

Yes, Heide has a membership program, a once yearly payment that allows free entry into all exhibitions. Find out more about our memberships here.

Do you have a volunteer program?

Yes, Heide has over two hundred dedicated volunteers working in Visitor Services, Learning Programs, Public Programs and the gardens. We hold two Volunteer intakes a year; you can find more information here.