Villages of the Heart Museum Open Weekend

Over three days in May 2015 (Friday 8, Saturday 9, Sunday 10) 14 small museums and historic places across eight Central West townships will be opening their doors and inviting us into their eclectic interiors to discover the rich history of this important NSW region.

From prehistoric fishes to gold mining, through agricultural implements, old hospital buildings and a wealth of local family memorabilia, this weekend covers a lot of ground historically and geographically. It will be ambitious to cover all 14 museums in one long weekend; so why not pick a few townships and build your itinerary from the outline below.

Some museums are open only by appointment (contact details can be found under individual listings), while others will be open for the entire three days. Several will also be marking the ANZAC anniversary year with their own special displays. Volunteer-run, these museums and historical places rely on your patronage to continue their valuable work in preserving and interpreting local heritage.

Also on this already busy weekend is the tasty Orange Regional Farmers Markets on Saturday 9 April and the Orange Apple Festival, both of which will keep you well fed as you wander the district’s colourful back roads and byways.

The museums and historical places, organised by town and in rough geographical location order and don't forget to pick up a map at Orange Visitor’s Centre or at one of the towns along the way.


Click on the town to find out more information or use our module list below.


  1. Wentworth Main Mine: Open 10am – 2.30pm Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May



  1. Golden Memories Museum: Open 10am – 4pm Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May



  1. Carcoar Hospital Museum: Open on Saturday 9 May or view it by appointment on Sunday 10 May
  2. Stokes Stable: Open 10am – 4pm all three days
  3. Courthouse: Open 10am – 4pm all three days
  4. 20th Century Toy Museum: Open 11am – 5pm all three days
  5. Carmanhurst Museum: Open by appointment all three days



  1. The Age of Fishes Museum: Open 10am – 4pm on all three days
  2. Canowindra Historical Museum: 10am – 4pm on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 May



  1. Eugowra Historical Museum & Bushranger Centre: Open 11am – 4pm all three days



  1. The Molong Museum: Open 11am – 3pm on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May



  1. Banjo Paterson Museum: Open 9am – 3pm all three days
  2. Yeoval Family Museum: Open by appointment; contact phone numbers are on the door or ask the Banjo Paterson Museum staff.


Find out more about the museums in the list below. See the Event listing

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