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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.

Orange Regional Arts Foundation

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Every regional city and town has a true heart; the actions and the stories that make up its history and its dreams. They tell you something of the kind of place this is, what its people are like, what they value, what it is that they believe to be important in their lives and the life of their community.

In the city of Orange, there has been no more influential action than that taken by a group of local folk in 1984, when they established the Orange Regional Arts Foundation. In the beginning, their focus was to seek community funds to support the art gallery, add to its collections and develop one of the best regional art galleries in the state. But that done, they realised that there was so much more to achieve.

Today, the Orange Regional Arts Foundation provides significant support for arts and cultural development in Orange and the surrounding region, and Orange has become a shining example of a place where the arts are treasured and supported, providing the whole community with a diverse cultural life.

ORAF nurtures not just the growth of the arts, but community engagement with all kinds of artistic expression in a way that’s open to everyone. ORAF believes that the arts can help transform a community and the result can be a better town, a better nation and certainly a better world.

To that end, and since its establishment, the Orange Regional Arts Foundation has given more than $500,000 to support the arts in Orange.


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