Tuesday, August 25, 2015

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Wool, weave, warp and weft. Today's post is brought to you by the letter W. National Wool Museum, Geelong
Australia is famous for its wool industry and Geelong was once known as the 'Wool centre of the world'. The National Wool Museum is housed in an old bluestone building and has 3 levels of exhibition space, with permanent historical exhibits as well as temporary exhibitions (see link at end of this post).
National Wool Museum, GeelongNational Wool Museum, Geelong 
Reproductions of farmhouses, shearing sheds and life on a sheep station can be found throughout the galleries. Videos show working dogs in action, shearing techniques, and sometimes a real sheep comes to visit, for a live shearing demonstration.
There's even a reproduction cottage, Reminiscence Cottage, which can be used as a sensory experience for older people with dementia to visit.
National Wool Museum, Geelong
A 116kg bale of high grade fleece was once sold for over $1,000,000 and made into some very fancy pants suits.
National Wool Museum, Geelong

National Wool Museum, Geelong
A stunning piece of equipment is the 1910 Axminster Jacquard Carpet Loom, which was put through its paces when we visited. There are other interactive displays and machines to try yourself, like the 1940s Komet Sock Knitter.
National Wool Museum, Geelong
National Wool Museum, Geelong
Where:26 Moorabool Street, Geelong
When: Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:00pm, Weekends 10:00am-5:00pm
Why: wool industry, history
How Much: $8.25

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