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Cowra War Museum

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by Anne Dignam (subscribe)
I am a amateur freelance writer from Sydney. My passion is Aboriginal history, Australia and its unusual places. My aim is to share my knowledge to better your experience. Thank you
Published December 2nd 2015
Not your ordinary museum
Cowra War Museum showcases one of the largest German Infantry displays in the world. It houses prisoner of war artefacts including a holding cell, bomb sirens, torpedoes, and military displays, the list is endless. Cowra War Museum has the largest Rising Sun symbol, which has been used on floats during parades.

The Rising Sun Emblem used on floats in parades

This museum is not just about military and prisoner of war days, it's an endless pit of amazing train collectibles. A huge model train layout, with 30 kms of HO scale track to be exact, is a must for all model train enthusiasts.

30 kms of model train track

Throughout the endless aisles of relics from days gone by, you can walk through original FS passenger carriages and guard brake vans used from the 1940's. You'll find railway trikes, trolleys and a huge collection of anything railway, including signal lights almost as high as oneself. This museum is absolutely jaw dropping.

WW2 Tank

The largest rectifier I've seen changes power from AC to DC and the power generator is from White Bay Power Station.

Rectifer from Whitebay Power Station

There are working oil engines, large portable engines, mill steam engines, 14 working steam engines from the turn of the 19th Century and hand and engine operated agricultural machinery and tractors. You can pull a whistle, or set the air horn off - this is a hands on museum. Yes, you are allowed to touch. The kids tried on numerous army hats and touched a huge torpedo.

On display are also many fire trucks. You name it, you will find it here, at the Cowra War Museum. The information you walk away with after leaving this museum is just mind blowing. I was extremely lucky as I was guest at this museum and Ray, the owner, is a wealth of information. Ray loves all relics and runs this wonderful museum almost like a hobby. Did I mention that Ray also sells Caravans at "Caravancity".

A trip to Cowra War Museum is perfect inexpensive day out for the entire family.
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Why? Prisoner of War Museum and relics of yesterday's era
When: 9am to 5pm 7 days a week
Phone: (02) 6342 2801 or 1300 557 163
Where: 10291 Mid Western Highway Sydney Road, Cowra NSW 2794
Cost: $15 adults $10 children
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