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National Wool Museum

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Address: 26 Moorabool St, Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5272 4701
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Here the story of wool is brought to life - told by those who lived it and...

Here the story of wool is brought to life - told by those who lived it and the sounds of heritage machines weaving carpets and knitting socks. Here the smell of lanolin fills the air, fresh fleece beckons your touch and the authentic surrounds of the shearing shed immerse you in the Australian wool story.

The National Wool Museum experience is more than just wool. Here history, science, fashion, handcraft and art come together. Here temporary exhibitions and programs combine learning, exploration and entertainment. Here you can find the finest woollens, learn a traditional craft, explore our region's heritage and maybe even come fate-to-face with creatures from our past.

Today the National Wool Museum is one of Australia's cultural treasures, a major asset to the City of Greater Geelong and a cultural heritage destination for visitors and community.

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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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. There is a demonstration of creating carpets. Volunteers are very friendly and eager to share their knowledge. Other spaces in the building have temporary displays. There is a... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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, drifts into a museum meant to be dedicated to wool. (There's no sign to indicate the end of the shop and the start of the museum so... More 

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Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well what a dissappointment . You enter a shop no real sign of welcome all dulcet tones seemed like more shop assistants / workers hangers on . The prices are out rageous $12 for 3 balls of wool.Products made in New Zealand containing, products containing nylon. The kiwi products contain possum not sure it they are Aussie or wherever?. Products... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my step son and we both did not hate nor like it did not grab us in any way. Would just say been there done that

1 Thank Rhonda V
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Gives a good overall picture of wool and how it was processed. The machine are a remarkable engineering feat considering what they were working with all those years ago. Pity we can't process our growers wool here on shore any more. Australian manufacturing in general seems to be only found in Museums these days!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Walked past the building and decided to go inside. what a treat. This place is far more interesting than you can imagine! Really enjoyed the history and variation of objects and Art in this place. Definitely worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

In addition to the normal museum type exhibits there was a wool carpet making demo, dinosaur exhibit with hands on dig for kids, plus an area where kids can play Lego and little ones can play in the play type room. Good option when holidaying and need somewhere to go in wet weather. The restaurant there looked amazing, we wish... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Well worth a visit. Could easily spend 1-2 hours and there is the cafe/restaurant attached (which we did not visit). Terrific exhibits - looms, wool, 1950s house!!, shearing - so much to see and brilliantly presented. Unexpected bonuswith the Wildlife of Gondwana exhibition with giant dinosaurs etc plus another excellent exhibition - The Navy in WWI - all displyed in... More 

Thank Laurie M
Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I often visit the NWM . On this Occassion I checked out the Scarf festival.They have regular exhibitions on.The shop has a lot of great stock. Souvenirs, clothes for men and women ,cards and rugs (mohair and angora)

Thank Suzanne P
Burnie, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Great displays & history explained. Well worth spending time looking at this great exhibit . Staff are happy to answer any questions.

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