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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published August 16th 2013
More interesting than first thought
National Wool Museum Building


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.

one of the wool machines


The volunteers in the museum really make visiting a personal experience and are happy to teach you how to use various machines.

Wool combing machine


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.

Scarf exhibition


$2000 scarf


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.

Different sheep varieties


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.

A small part of the loom machine


In the centre of the building is a a very impressive 100 year old Axminster Gripper carpet loom which still produces rugs to purchase in the wool store.

Side of the loom machine


History: The building, Denny's Lascelles Wool Store was built in 1872 and was considered a masterpiece of the time, a forerunner in design for wool stores around the world.

Part of the Moomba parade


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.

Shearing display


cottage
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Why? Geelong's wool history
When: 7 days a week
Phone: 03 52724701
Where: 26 Moorabool St Geelong
Cost: $7.50 adults, $6 concession, $25 family
Your Comment
It would be interesting to read about the different variety of sheep.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12255) 2045 days ago
Awesome article. I love reading about museums. Thanks for this!
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1186) 2045 days ago
Had been told about the Museum found your article interesting and now I will go and visit - Thanks for the information
Sandra
by sassj (score: 0|2) 2040 days ago
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