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Published April 29th 2015
Perfect for a rainy day at the beautiful Blue Mountains
The picturesque Blue Mountains is filled with so much beauty and experiences and as we all know during colder and raining days the Blue Mountains cannot be fully explored due to poor conditions, however, do not let the bad weather put you off exploring this wonder!
The list below is all the top Museums around the Blue Mountains region that are perfect for that 'bad weather day'
1. Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
When: Monday- Sunday: Weekdays: 10am-5pm & Weekends: 10am-4pm Where: 30 Parke St, Katoomba Cost: Adults: $5pp, Concession: $3pp & Children under 16 free Details: Opened in 2012, this centre showcases innovative, diverse, distinctive and creative cultural programs. Featuring Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, World Heritage Interpretive Centre, and the state-of-art Library- be sure to visit here!
2. Eskbank House & Museum When: Wednesday- Sunday: 10am-4pm Where: Cnr Bennett & Inch Streets, Lithgow
Cost: Adults: $5.50pp, Children (5-17 years): $2.50 & children under 5 free. For all local resident prices please see website. Details: Being one of the oldest residences in the Lithgow Valley, Eskbank House was built in 1842 and today this historic home and museum features the Lithgow Local History Collection and Nationally Significant Lithgow Pottery Collection which is one of the largest collections in Australia! Click here for website.
Where: 44 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath
Details: This artist-owned gallery showcases fine paintings, drawings, print works and photographs. There is a diverse range of quality artworks which may be found in local, national, international and private & corporate collections. New exhibitions of works are presented every two months and feature works by selected guest artists.
4. Historic Cottage Tarella
When: Monday- Sunday: 10am-4pm
Where: 99 Blaxland Rd, Wentworth Falls
Cost: See website.
Details: The cottage was built in 1890 and today it contains an eclectic collection of memorabilia of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This is a must visit for all historian buffs! Click here for website.
5. Leuralla NSW Toy & Railway Museum
When: Weekends: 10am-5pm
Where: 36 Olympian Pde, Leura
Cost: See website.
Details: Set on 5 hectares of historic gardens overlooking the picturesque Jamison Valley this museum is a must visit for all railway, toy and garden enthusiasts! This historic house dates back from 1912 and offers original furnishings and decorative settings, massive collections of toys, children's literature, games, models as well all things railway! With plenty of railway displays including 'real-life' models in the gardens of trains... The gardens add a more spectacular touch to this museum. Click here for website or to see my article on Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum please click here.
6. Lithgow Small Arm Factory Museum
When: Tuesday- Sunday: Weekdays: 9:30am-2pm & Weekends: 10am-4pm
Where: 69 Methven St, Lithgow
Cost: Adults: $10pp, Concession: $7pp, Children under 14: $5
Details: Showcasing Australia's industrial history in technical and human terms, this museum features the history of people, their aspirations, disappointments & achievements, economic & social hardships endured, influence of British heritage on Australia in the early 1900s. There is also a range of new technologies. The museum also showcases the finest firearms display in the southern hemisphere as well as extensive archives dating back to the beginning of the factory in 1912. Click here for website.
7. Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park
When: Weekends: 12pm-4pm
Where: 3 State Mine Gully Rd, Lithgow
Cost: Adults: $5pp, Concession: $3pp, Children: $2 & Families: $12
Details: There are plenty of interactive displays, stories of people from the regions mining industry for over 150 years, tools and artefacts displays, talks and a multimedia show which is a must see for anyone visiting the Lithgow region! Click here for website.
8. Mount Victoria & District Historical Society Museum
When: Weekends: 12pm-3pm
Where: Station St, Mount Victoria
Cost: Adults: $5pp & Children: $1pp
Details: This museum features an amazing display of early settlers and convicts work to push roads and railways through the rough terrain of the Blue Mountains. There is also a display of sketches, paintings, artefacts, pottery, costume, silverware, musical instruments and furniture.
9. Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
When: Monday-Sunday: 10am-4pm
Where: 14 Norman Lindsay Cresent, Faulconbridge
Cost: Adults: $12pp, Concession: $10, Children (6-12 yrs): $6 & Families: $30
Details: This sandstone cottage which was once home to Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) features an extensive display of watercolours, oils, etchings, ship models and Magic Pudding characters. There is a changing exhibition as well as permanent exhibition. There is a cafe on site as well as landscaped gardens to admire. Click here for website.
10. The Glen Museum
When: Monday- Sunday: 9am-4pm
Where: 301 Portland Cullen Bullen Rd, Portland
Cost: Donations only.
Details: This privately owned collection and museum features history of Portland. There are collectibles of Nic'Nacs, industrial gardening & kitchen supplies, bedroom furniture, electronics, equipment from the Portland Hospital and more... Click here for website.
11. Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
When: Monday- Sunday: 10am-4pm – for ride times see website.
Where: 17b Tusculum Rd, Valley Heights
Cost: Adults: $14pp, Concession: $12pp, Children: $10pp, Families (2 adults & 2 kids): $45 & kids under 4 free.
Details: Located on the site of the 1914 railway roundhouse, this museum features fascinating collections of many unique exhibits, both large and small. There are train & tram rides too. Click here for website.
12. Turkish Bath Museum
When: Sundays – see website for all times and opening days.
Where: Cnr Avenue & Mount Irvine Rd, Mt Wilson
Details: This unique experience is a great example of the late Victorian architecture! The Turkish bathhouse is thought to be built in the 1880s. The museum features hand-painted windows made in England in the 1880s, three main rooms have tiled floors which slope downward, original ceilings, coke barrel-vaulted structures and more. This is certainly an architecture and historian enthusiasts place to visit. Click here for website.