National Wool Museum

Geelong national wool museum
Geelong national wool museum

I recently visited beautiful Geelong and the National Wool Museum.

I was blown away by the architecture of the building itself. The museum is housed in a beautifully restored industrial building that combines old-world charm with modern design. As soon as you step inside, you’re transported back in time to the era of Australia’s booming wool industry.

The museum is logically laid out to showcase the entire process of wool production, from farming and shearing to exporting and manufacturing. There are exhibits on the impact of the wool industry on the Australian economy, as well as the environmental challenges it has posed. I was particularly impressed by the museum’s attention to detail when it comes to the First Nations peoples of Australia, including their role in the wool industry and the impact of colonization.

One of the highlights of my visit was watching a live sheep shearing demonstration. It was fascinating to see how much skill and precision goes into shearing a sheep, and the museum staff were very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions I had. I also loved seeing the working loom in action – it’s incredible how technology has advanced over the years!

Another aspect of the museum that I really enjoyed was the temporary exhibition on indigenous art. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the rich culture and history of Australia’s First Nations peoples. The museum has a well-integrated gift shop, which is a great place to pick up some unique souvenirs, as well as an information center for visitors.

What really stood out to me about the Geelong National Wool Museum was how family-friendly it is. There are plenty of activities for kids, including stencil drawing, lego building, typewriting, and coloring. There’s even a dedicated parents’ room, which I’m sure many parents will appreciate!

Overall, I highly recommend a visit to the Geelong National Wool Museum. It’s a fascinating look into Australia’s rich history and culture, and it’s clear that the staff are passionate about sharing their knowledge with visitors. Plus, at only $10 entry per adult, it’s a steal! Just be warned – you might leave with a newfound appreciation for the humble sheep. I also suggest visiting the Geelong Botanical Gardens.

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