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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 Outback Info Centre 02 6993 4045 visithay@hay.nsw.gov.au

Bidgee Bend

Address
19 Taylors Lane
Hay NSW  2711
Phone
02 6993 4045
68 acres of sheer beauty. Be inspired by the natural beauty and the history of the farm - itself as a worksite for the Prisoner of War. Rhonda's garden is unique with local vintage products with historical significance. She has used recycled brick from the old hospital, incorporated an old slab from the morgue into a bench top at the boat ramp, on old door from the gaol, wagons and headstones from the POW. Bidgee Bend has hosted luncheons and the Prisoner of War (Dunera Museum) reunion day, as Bidgee Bend was their farm. Bidgee Bend is a place where you leave your worries at the gate and literally stop and smell the roses. Bookings are essential - Contact the Hay Outback Info Centre 02 6993 4045 for more information.