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Powerstation Museum celebrates the fact that on 9th November 1888, Tamworth had the first municipal electric street lighting. The history and development of electricity is a major theme of the Powerstation Museum. There is also a pictorial display showing electrical pioneers and their inventions, right up to modern technological times. There are also working displays including a a generator, and the electric telegraph. There are also exhibitions of early domestic electrical appliances. The Powerstation Museum is open Wednesday to Saturday 9am to 1pm.
Big Golden Guitar is on the New England Highway on the southern approach to Tamworth. Don't worry you won't miss it as you drive past. This massive guitar is 12 metres high, weighs half a ton, and is a replica of the golden guitar handed out to winning musicians at the Australian Annual Country Music Awards. The Big Golden Guitar was unveiled by country music icon Slim Dusty in 1988. In the same complex that houses the Golden Geetar is the Gallery of Stars Wax Museum, kind of like Tamworth's answer to Madame Tussaud's Waxworks. The theme of the museum, in case yo haven't guessed already is famous country and western performers. Among the 26 life like figures are Troy Cassar-Daley, Lee Kernaghan, Smoky Dawson, and Slim Dusty, but at this stage, no Keith Urban. This is a must for all country music fans.
Tamworth Regional Art Gallery is one of the oldest regional galleries in NSW, having been established in 1919. Tamworth Regional Gallery is now housed in a large and modern purpose built gallery. The gallery is closed Sundays and Mondays. Open Tuesday to Fridays 10am to 5 pm, and Saturdays 10am to 4pm.
Fossicking Those who are seeking to find their fortunes in gold, and precious gems such as sapphires, will want to try their hands at fossicking. The public access areas that allow fossicking around Tamworth are along the Peel River in the Nundle area and at Hanging Rock. Swamp Creek Reserve and the Old Chimney fossicking areas are both great places to start. Stop into the Visitor's Centre to receive the pertinent information on gold panning and fossicking. Note there are specific rules that must be followed, so be sure to read the brochures.
Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum Lovers of motorcycles will enjoy a visit here. More than 50 motorcycles are on display from the 1950's to the 1980's. Models include Triumph, Ducati, Honda, Lavender, and Velocette. All the motorcycles have been restored to pristine condition. This museum is open every day.
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