Open to the public all year round, Heide's beautiful gardens offer a space for family enjoyment and individual reflection, as well as incorporating a sculpture park and several heritage listed gardens.
When Sunday and John Reed purchased Heide it was a neglected former dairy farm. After fifty years of vision, dedication and sheer hard work, the Reeds moulded Heide into a personal Eden, connecting art with nature and creating a nourishing environment for the artists they championed – Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, Charles Blackman and Mirka Mora among them.
Today, visitors can discover Sunday Reed’s walled garden, original kitchen garden and the wild garden near Heide I, and the famous Heide II kitchen garden in which Sunday worked daily until just before her death in 1981. Artist gardens have also been established within the Heide landscape by artists such as Lauren Berkowitz and Fiona Hall.
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There are over 30 stunning sculptures to discover across the 15 acre site including works by Anish Kapoor, Anthony Caro and Neil Taylor. Jeff Thompson’s iconic Cows (1987) are a playful reminder of the museum’s dairy farm origins. Families can play Heide Detective using a free trail sheet to discover more about the park and sculptures.
Download a Sculpture Park Map and start exploring.
Heide gardens and sculpture park stretch from Heide I right down to the Yarra River. We ask all visitors to:
- Walk with care, Heide paths are made from compressed gravel and can be slippery
- Beware of snakes, particularly during summer months
- Supervise young children
- Refrain from climbing on sculptures, playing ball games, or riding scooters/bicycles in pedestrian areas
- Keep dogs on leads at all times
- Refrain from walking on tended gardens and removing flowers and/or plants
- Take your rubbish with you when you leave
320 x 304 x 390 cm
Heide Museum of Modern Art
Mapping and Reflection: A Garden Transformed, initiated through Arts Victoria's Victoria Commissions Program, funded by the Community Support Fund of the Victorian Government