Official Visitor Website

Hay has five museums, that's one for every 490 people.

Bullockies and bishops, cooks and coachbuilders, pastoralists and prisoners of war. Visit any of Hay's five museums and you're sure to meet some of the town's real characters, past and present. Characters like painter and preacher Bishop Ernest Anderson, Ah Mow the Chinese gardener, quilter Marion Gibson, or internment camp cartoonist Fred Schoenbach.

Hay's museums can introduce you to some of the really remarkable people who have contributed to our community. See Gallipoli through the camera lens of a Hay soldier. Glimpse the fairies that children imagined lived at the bottom of the Bishop's Lodge garden. Track Italian POW Colonel Simone's escape from the Hay Gaol. Marvel at the contribution shearers have made to Australian culture. Striking images, intriguing exhibits, evocative sound, and playful interactivity bring Hay's heritage to life.

The quality and vibrancy of our five museums is testament to the passion and pride local people feel about Hay's past, present and future. A team of nearly 100 enthusiastic local volunteers has created Hay's museums, and their dedication shows. If you're lucky, you might meet some of them.

Fun, engaging, moving: each of our five museums offers a different experience. Together they tell the story of a town full of characters.

Guided tours are available.

Contact the Hay Visitor Information Centre 02 6993 4045 visithay@hay.nsw.gov.au

Dunera Museum

Address
Hay Railway Station
421 Murray Street
Hay NSW  2711
Phone
02 6993 2161
Hours
Open 9am - 6pm every day of the year
Cost
Entry is $4 guided tours by prior arrangement.
Services
Air conditioned railway carriages, toilets, education programs, wheelchair access.

Hay Internment & Prisoner of War Camps Interpretive Centre.

Over 6,000 German, Italian and Japanese civilian Internees and Prisoners of War (POW) were kept in three Prison Camps at Hay between 1940 and 1946. They were guarded by over 600 members of 16th Australian Garrison Battalion.

The 'Dunera Boys', 1,984 German Jews and other refugees from Nazi occupied Europe, were the first internees of British Government WWII policy and arrived in Hay on 7th September 1940.

The museum houses exhibits, photographs, stories and music about experiences of internees, POW's and townsfolk.

Features include: 5,000m searchlight beam for 1 hour starts 1 hour after dark , Hay Railway Station, heritage, 2 story, Italianate, floodlit till 11pm.