Museum welcomes visitors

Monday, 29 June 2020

The National Wool Museum re-opened its galleries to the public on Saturday 27 June.

After re-opening its shop in early June, the Moorabool Street venue is now allowed to welcome patrons to the galleries following the gradual easing of Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Visitors will be able to explore the museum and experience two exciting exhibitions - We The Makers, a designer showcase featuring fashion designers from around the world; and Now You See Us, featuring resident local artist Mary-Jane Walker.

We The Makers Design Festival – Designer’s Showcase features 21 unique creations from established creators and designers to first-time makers. The ethical and environmentally conscious clothing garments are showcased from local, interstate and international talent.

Mary-Jane Walker’s Now You See Us focuses on the endangered birds of the Geelong region, recreated through vegan paper taxidermy. It is a captivating exhibition that will leave you in awe.

In order to showcase these two wonderful exhibitions, the National Wool Museum has ensured COVID-19 safe measures have been put into place in accordance with Victorian and Federal Government regulations.

These include:

  • Maximum of 20 visitors at any one time;
  • Strict social distancing guidelines will be enforced, including in galleries and elevators;
  • Hand sanitisers are placed throughout the museum;
  • Entry will be through the Museum Shop only – visitors will be required to register with contact details. This is to ensure entry and exit is managed with maximum social distancing between groups;
  • Denny’s Cafe will remain closed until further notice; and
  • Hands-on making spaces and activities will not be offered due to new sanitation safety procedures.

Digital viewing will be available on for those who wish to see the works but cannot attend.

If you are feeling unwell, please refrain from visiting the museum.

Cr Trent Sullivan, Chair – Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio

The re-opening of the National Wool Museum is a fantastic opportunity for our community to re-connect with their creative side and experience wonderful exhibitions from local and international makers. In light of the current restrictions, this is an exciting step forward. I’m pleased to see the community given the opportunity to enjoy the cultural and heritage experiences that the museum has to offer in a safe way, whether that be by visiting the museum in person, or perusing the digital exhibition online.

National Wool Museum Director, Padraic Fisher

We are thrilled to reopen our doors and welcome visitors back to our Museum and Shop. Although our interactive activities will remain closed the new We The Makers – Designer Showcase exhibition and refurbished Fleece to Fabric Gallery are exciting new experiences for visitors.

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