Opened in 2003, the TarraWarra Museum of Art is situated in the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley. The Besen family commissioned architect Alan Powell to design buildings that harmonised with the surrounding landscape, a vision that is reflected in the earthen exterior of the museum. The world-class collection emphasises the artistic interests of the Besen family and follows the development of Australian art during the second half of the 20th century. Although a thoroughly 21st-century institution, TarraWarra complements earlier artistic associations with the area that include the Heidelberg School and Montsalvat. It is Australia's first philanthropically funded museum.