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The National Wool Museum is probably not at the forefront of most peoples itineraries, ours included, yet despite the apprehension of keeping the children amused within the museum we decided to visit and surprisingly we didn't get out under two hours. It's much more interesting and engaging than first thoughts and we were left pleasantly surprised as to what we found in the museum.
In the fleece to fabric gallery we combed wool in one machine, created socks from an ingenious device that just needs the handle turned (a favourite with the children), strung a few pieces on to a tapestry, tried French knitting ( which showed my lack of sewing skills and kept the volunteer laughing) and many other interactive displays including a wool workers cottage which would have retro lovers wanting to take the furnishings home.
On the third floor of the wool museum was a wonderful scarf exhibition with 300 scarves entered from around the world. Most of the scarf's were for sale and had sold stickers on them. Scarves ranged from beautifully hand crafted woollen scarves to some more unusual with one made out of chux dish clothes, one made out of combed wool and gum leaves and then there were the spectacular catwalk type scarves. Definitely something for everyone.
The exhibitions change regularly so check there website to see what's on display on the time of your visit.
Back on the first floor is an exhibition called "Rumour Has It" which covers myths from the local area. Behind the exhibition is a shearers quarters and a display of inside a shearing shed. There are many wool types to touch and compare as well as the different breeds of sheep and the wool they produce.
The museum is open 7 days a week Mon - Fri 9:30am - 5pm Sat-Sun 10am - 5pm.
Entry cost is $7.50 adult, $6 concession, $4 child, $25 family.
Parking can be a little difficult to find and is metered parking at a cost of $2 per hour. Disabled car parking is available at the front of the building and wheel chairs can be provided on request.