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Australian Motorlife Museum

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by Anita Pallas (subscribe)
I'm a blogger living in Wollongong, NSW Australia. I enjoy travelling and exploring my hometown.
Published February 10th 2017
NRMA museum
I was greeted at the front door by a volunteer named Barry. He was making sure the front was clean. The place looked closed but there were already at least twenty cars in the car park.

It was just coming on 9:40am one hot Sunday morning as Barry ushered me into the museum and turned on the lights. He went to find the other volunteer who was on to show him how to use the new cash register.

He then turned on the lights to the main part of the museum and explained that they have about 70-80 cars and bikes. Some vehicles are owned by the museum, others by its members. Some are there for storage. They don't just stock vehicles and other motoring equipment. You can pretty much find anything car-related from the 20th century there.

Barry sent me on my way as he spoke with the group behind me. He gave me some homework, though. Question 1 If I could take anything home with me which item would it be? And Question 2 How many times did I change my mind?

So I set off walking around cars that were all a lot older than me. I was amazed at the extensive collection of gas pumps, badges, signs, bicycles, motorbikes, motor cars, caravans and all the other stuff.

I spent just over half an hour in the museum but I can tell you now that if I took my grandfather with me they would have had to kick us out at 4:30pm when they close.

In answer to Barry's questions I am a massive MG Roadster fan and that red one in the back corner would be the vehicle I would take home. I only changed my mind twice.

I was informed by Barry that on the 2nd Sunday of every month they have some cars out that they will let you ride in. So, Barry you will see me again for sure.

Oh, you're thinking which museum did I go to. It is called the Australian Motorlife Museum just south of Wollongong.

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When: Tuesday to Sunday 9:30 - 4:30
Phone: (02) 4261 4100
Where: Integral Energy Recreation Park, Darkes Road, Kembla Grange
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