National Wool Museum, Geelong

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The National Wool Museum tells the Australian story of wool, fibre and textiles, alongside a range of contemporary exhibitions, public programs and special events.

The National Wool Museum was established in Geelong, Victoria in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentennial Celebrations. Housed in the former Dennys, Lascelles Ltd Woolstore at 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong, the Museum began its life as the National Wool Centre and was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 14 April 1988.

The Geelong Regional Commission was created in 1977, as part of Victorian government regional planning and gave consideration to a centre of excellence to promote the wool industry. Proposals for the National Wool Centre were put forward as early as 1979. The National Wool Museum was established by the Geelong Regional Commission in 1988 as Australia's only comprehensive museum dedicated to the wool industry at the local, state, national and international level. Initially, the museum consisted of three galleries with the wool buyers' offices and the Geelong Wool Exchange as part of the complex.

Today, the building is now home to the National Wool Museum, Denny's Kitchen (restaurant) and Lambys (nightclub).
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  • The National Wool Museum in Geelong rates with the very best internationally. Architecturally impressive beautifully combining old and new, excellent displays and when we were there some exciting... 
    The National Wool Museum in Geelong rates with the very best internationally. Architecturally impressive beautifully combining old and new, excellent displays and when we were there some exciting...  more »
  • Adult pays A$10, student pays Conc price $8. We paid to enter and it was worth it. Learnt a lot about wool. We spent an hour there. Didn't buy anything from the shop. Little kids may not enjoy it.....  more
    Adult pays A$10, student pays Conc price $8. We paid to enter and it was worth it. Learnt a lot about wool. We spent an hour there. Didn't buy anything from the shop. Little kids may not enjoy it.....  more »
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  • We're locals but just hadn't quite got to visit ....Very informative volunteers. The layout,size and scale of the wool museum really helps remind us of the value Australia plays in wool production from the land to woven. Not sure the indigenous display is quite right for this particular museum. Keep messages segmented .... it confuses people. Would love to see working machines.
  • Great museum about the history of the local wool industry. Well laid out and presented with the perfect amount of interpretation to be informative without being overbearing. An interesting temporary exhibition was on although I was a little confused of its relation to the wool story of the rest of the museum. Also well integrated gift shop and information centre in the same building.

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