McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park is an absolute gem of a place to visit with your family. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard about it until recently. We visited a few days ago and ended up staying for HOURS. So much to see! The park is located in Langwarrin on the Mornington Peninsula. It is about a 40 minute drive from Melbourne and entry is by donation.
Approximately 100 sculptures are situated along beautiful walking tracks on the 16 hectare property. The Gallery also presents a comprehensive and changing exhibition program and collection displays within three award winning exhibition spaces. You can enjoy a bite to eat and a drink in the licensed cafe overlooking a gorgeous sculpture lined lake. We chose to munch on some sandwiches and snacks from home in the grounds. If you do this, be sure to take your rubbish with you.
What I loved about the gallery and park most was that it was so enjoyable for both of my kids regardless of the age gap (they are 7 and 3). Ethan was very interested in what the sculptures and artwork meant. What were their messages? He wondered about how the sculptures were made and the materials used. He was inspired by the way artists had used everyday materials or discarded items to make art. Ava enjoyed identifying different colours and textures. Overall the day was a big adventure for them both. Kids have amazing imaginations and it was wonderful to watch them explore and play in this environment.
We were lucky enough to catch the tail end of the annual McClelland Sculpture survey and awards which is running until July 19th. It was an extra trail of amazing sculptures to see.
Below are a selection of images from our day. It was hard to cull them!