National Wool Museum, Geelong

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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
  • A thoroughly good museum that covers the whole gambit of wool in Australia from the beginnings of the industry and the whole process of how it gets from sheep back into products for your body and home...  more »
  • The Wool displays from the past are interesting. Including the loom and carpet making.The retail side of things although colorful, can be varied and pricy. They are extemely difficult to access if you...  more »
  • Building Structure is impressive and so well maintained, beautiful old brick work exposed on the interior, Fantastic. Split over three levels some constant displays others changing. Ramps the whole wa...  more »
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  • Great, medium sized museum with a lot of content. Guest exhibitions are good and the wool history, despite sounding a little unexciting, is surprisingly well done and interesting!
  • Well presented and maintained museum, no help from volunteers to visitors unless asked.
  • Kids loved it. Learnt heaps. Worldy and local content.
  • Frequently take the children here when they have free exhibitions on, always interesting and good fun, the children love it and always learn something.
  • 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.