Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
The Country Music Hall of Fame in Tamworth is not quite what you expect.
Shaped like a guitar, the outside of the building is impressive enough. However, inside the building on first impressions it's a little dated and doesn't quite have the wow factor one would expect.
Once you get deeper inside the building, the amount of memorabilia in here is fantastic. There is a labyrinth of hallways showcasing guitars, costumes, sheet music, hats, boots and of course autographs of the best of Australian country music.
The Hall of Fame includes a museum of items that belonged to country music icons. Everyone from Buddy Williams, Smoky Dawson, Brian Young and Shirley Thoms can be found here.
The showcase also includes more recent artists such as Beccy Cole, Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan and Troy Cassar-Daley. While you're here visit the Walk a Country Mile and see the awards given to the unsung heroes of the country music scene.
The Roll of Renown and the Hands of Fame can be found here. There are so many stars who have graciously provided their handprint for the Hands of Fame, that it would be impossible to list them all - over 100 stars have given their hands to this exhibit.
The entire Hall of Fame is entirely run by volunteers and relies on donations to keep running. The volunteers do an amazing job in continuing to expand and upkeep the collection year after year.
The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame museum is located at 561 Peel Street, Tamworth, (the corner of Peel and Murray Streets, next to Hungry Jacks) and includes the Walk A Country Mile display. It is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. During the Country Music Festival (January) and Hats Off Festival (July) it is open 7 days with extended hours. Entry is $7 for adults, and under 12 years is free.