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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.

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.

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.

Carcoar Pottery

Louise Purcell established Carcoar Pottery after she and her husband Carl moved to Carcoar in 1992. Louise has been potting since 1982 and trained in Ceramics at East Sydney TAFE. She has a huge range of domestic and ornamental pottery on sale in her shop.

Colour City Creatives Art Gallery and Studios

Colour City Creatives Art Gallery and Studios is a collective of artists and creative individuals. The Barracks once accommodated rail workers and stands at East Fork, a convergence of three rail lines.

Corner Store Gallery

Exhibitions, Popups, Workshops. The Corner Store Gallery is a small independently run art gallery in East Orange, NSW. They exhibit an eclectic mix of emerging and well-established artists specialising in a great variety of mediums.

Finns Store

A piece of Canowindra's history, the iconic Finns Store is situated in the main street of Canowindra. Finns Store has been fully renovated and now sells fabulous gifts, jewellery, women's clothing, unique furniture and incredible coffee.

Golden Era Piano Museum

The Golden Era Piano Museum is the only public Piano Museum in Australia and Blayney's newest tourist attraction. A living museum, visitors can hear instruments in fully guided tours available weekends and by appointment weekdays.

Golden Memories Millthorpe Museum

Golden Memories Museum is where heritage comes alive! There are historic buildings, fascinating history with memories of pioneering days, gold discovery and mining displays, and a huge collection of farm machinery.

Jayes Gallery and Cafe

Jayes Gallery and Cafe is a city styled gallery representing regional artists of note. Located in the heart of Molong, the gallery has a program of solo exhibitions opening monthly in Gallery One, with supporting artists in Gallery Two.

Kinross Wolaroi School

As a leading regional school for over 130 years, Kinross Wolaroi School is becoming increasingly well known within the Central West and further afield as a leading regional educator which provides a thriving educational environment, vibrant culture and flourishing school community.

Orange Regional Gallery

Orange is a city rich in culture and contributing to its cultural prosperity is the Orange Regional Gallery. The Gallery's architects were honoured to be awarded the 1986 Sulman Prize for Architectural Merit. The Gallery collects Australian contemporary paintings and prints.

Orange Regional Museum

Orange Regional Museum interprets the stories, cultures and places of the region, displaying artefacts that trigger memories, engage audiences and inspire new ways of thinking about history and cultures.

Planning Potential - Town Planning Consultancy

Planning Potential – Town Planning Consultancy, Orange Planning Potential is a Town Planning consultancy providing a full range of services associated with planning and development in Orange and across regional NSW.

The Melissa Barber Galleries

With nowhere to promote her work locally, Melissa moved to Canowindra 60 kilometres away and opened a gallery and café combined – The real cakes, and her own paintings hanging in the gallery.

The Peisley Street Gallery

The objective of The Peisley Street Gallery is to introduce new visual voices to the Central West with exhibitions of all mediums and with a representation of artists both locally and nationally.

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