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National Wool Museum, Geelong
(4.4/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
The National Wool Museum was established in Geelong, Victoria in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentennial Celebrations. It is housed in the former Denny Lascelles wool store in 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong.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. The Museum is housed in an historic 1872 Dennys Lascelles, bluestone wool store near the port of Geelong. Initially called the National Wool Centre, the premises opened in October 1987 and had an official opening ceremony presided over by HRH Queen Elizabeth on 21 May 1988. The National Wool Museum was opened as a separate entity in December 1988. Initially the museum comprised three galleries with the wool buyers' offices and the Geelong Wool Exchange as part of the complex. The Wool Exchange is now a privately run hospitality venue.
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TripAdvisor
  • We didn’t expect much when we checked out the National Wool Museum a few weeks ago but we were surprised by the eagerness and expert information we were given by the excellent volunteers who explained...  more »
  • The building itself is a beautiful piece of architecture very well maintained. A good overview of the wool industry and the process of turning wool into yarn. Old machinery is explained properly. Ther...  more »
  • Considering how important wool was to Geelong and the farming areas it services, this is a pretty dull outfit. A gloomy old stone building with a very mixed bag of supposedly wool-related products, dr...  more »
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  • Very informative. Staff there were very knowledgeable and willing to talk to you about the history of wool in the area and Australia. You got to see a working carpet loom and feel different wools at different stages of production from sheering to garments.
  • What a fun place to visit, I love how interactive everything is. Great for kids and adults.
  • Very interesting. Friendly and helpful staff.
  • this museum very nice they tell about history of wool and how to make a product
  • Cool museum