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The National Wool Museum tells the timeless Australian story of wool, fibre and textiles, alongside a range of contemporary exhibitions, public programs and special events.For National Wool Museum and beyond, use our Geelong route website to get the most from your Geelong vacation.
The National Wool Museum was established in Geelong, Victoria in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentennial Celebrations. Housed in the former Dennys, Lascelles Ltd Woolstore at 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong, the Museum began its life as the National Wool Centre and was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 14 April 1988. As one of the most significant bicentenary projects in Victoria, the National Wool Museum has since become a must see museum and tourist attraction - housing two permanent galleries focused on telling the Australian wool story as well as two other galleries dedicated to world class touring exhibitions from Australia and around the world.
The Geelong Regional Commission was created in 1977, as part of Victorian government regional planning and gave consideration to a centre of excellence to promote the wool industry. Proposals for the National Wool Centre were put forward as early as 1979. The National Wool Museum was established by the Geelong Regional Commission in 1988 as Australia's only comprehensive museum dedicated to the wool industry at the local, state, national and international level. Initially, the museum consisted of three galleries with the wool buyers' offices and the Geelong Wool Exchange as part of the complex.
Today, the building is now home to the National Wool Museum, Denny's Kitchen (restaurant) and Lambys (nightclub).
National Wool Museum reviews
Spent 2 hours here - mainly down to the friendly, knowledgeable staff. With Covid restrictions half of the exhibit areas were closed. But the axminster carpet weaving machine was fascinating more »
This museum is dedicated to the hostory of wool. It is well laid out over several floors. It also occasionaly has extra exhibits - for example the World Wildlife Photography Exhibit in February 2020..... more »
Been here many times with my daughter, I love the place. It's focused mostly around the whole wool industry from the early settler day right up though the various industrial innovations and developments. They have a massive loom in the middle and if you're lucky enough you'll get to see it going! Down stairs they have an area with changing exhibits which can range from kid friendly school holiday stuff, the usual dinosaur exhibits to serious artists and school art displays. I really like it, I think one of my favorite bits is the old home displays you can walk though and check out stuff from various eras. Reasonable fees to get in and friendly staff too!
Really enjoyed the wool museum. Fir 2 people who grew up on farms. We still learnt something. The gentleman running the loom was terrific and easy to talk to. Happy to share his experience and knowledge.
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