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With a rich history in the arts and a flourishing cultural scene, Orange NSW has become a major creative hub for the area. For a regional town, it has impressive arts facilities including museums, galleries, theatres and libraries, as well as smaller independent galleries.

A great starting point for visitors is the cultural precinct opposite Robertson Park, which takes up an entire city block. The magnificent new Orange Regional Museum, which also houses the excellent Orange Visitors Centre and a cafe, are some unmissable Orange attractions. The building was awarded the much-coveted Sulman Award for Architecture and houses a very well curated permanent exhibition detailing the history of Orange. The nearby Orange Regional Gallery offers an ever-changing program of contemporary exhibitions as well as an inspired program of art workshops for children.

A wealth of fascinating museums can also be found in Orange’s surrounding towns and villages. See 360 million year old fossils at Canowindra’s Age Of Fishes Museum, which was described by broadcaster Sir David Attenborough as ‘world class’. The Eugowra Bushranger Museum and Yeoval’s Banjo Patterson Museum are also well worth a visit.

Culturally, you will find no shortage of things to do in Orange, with the Orange Civic Theatre’s vibrant program featuring national dance, opera and theatre companies, stand-up comedy, local theatre productions and live music.

Melissa Barber Studio Gallery

Melissa Barber is an independent artist based in Canowindra, New South Wales. Her work is renown for its combination of the use of gold and silver, a detailed, jewell like quality and photographic realism.

Age Of Fishes Museum

Imagine a world ruled by fish! Long before the dinosaurs the mighty rivers of the Central West teamed with bizarre ancient fishes - fish with armour shells, fish with lungs, and huge predators with jaws like crocodiles.
 
Opening Hours
Daily 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Banjo Paterson: More than a Poet Exhibition

One of Australia's most famous sons, Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson, was born in Orange, before returning with his parents to the family property Buckinbah, at Yeoval.

Canowindra Historical Society Museum

The Canowindra Historical Museum depicts the development of Canowindra from the 1840s frontier township on the Belubula River to its growth as a rural centre.

Corner Store Gallery

Exhibitions, Popups, Workshops. The Corner Store Gallery was established in 2014 and has been providing artists and designers from all over Australia with a beautiful space to showcase their work and ideas for over six years.
 
Opening Hours
Wednesday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Orange Regional Gallery

Orange Regional Gallery is a centre for visual arts in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia. The Gallery is dedicated to improving and enriching people’s lives through engagement with their exhibitions, collections and programs.
 
Opening Hours
Daily 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Orange Regional Museum

Orange Regional Museum is an award winning museum presenting dynamic exhibitions and engaging public programs for audiences of all ages.
 
Opening Hours
Daily 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Animals on Bikes

Animals on Bikes is a 120 kilometre paddock art sculpture trail displaying 111 two metre high structures (and some smaller letterboxes) on the back road from Molong to Cumnock to Yeoval to Dubbo Zoo.

Carcoar Hospital Museum

Carcoar Hospital Museum is housed in one of the earliest colonial hospital buildings in Australia. Built to the design of architect Edward Gell and funded by community fundraising, with Government assistance, at a cost of £2,400, the hospital was opened in 1861.

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