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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

Shear Outback (Shearers Hall of Fame)

26603 Sturt Highway
Corner Sturt & Cobb Highways
Hay NSW  2711
02 6993 4000
02 6993 4915
Open 9am to 5pm daily - Closed Christmas Day. Good Friday determined on demand.
Entry is $20 adult, $15 concession, $10 children U12, $45 family. (including all dependent children under 18), group rates available upon request.
Wheelchair access, toilets, shop, café, catering including groups and bus/group menus for Smoko & Lunch. Guided tours available for groups, education programs and venue hire.

The Australian Shearers Hall of Fame

Visitors can experience the living and working conditions of the hardworking men and women who shaped the industry and learn about our shearing history and future technologies in the museum.

You can explore the round up maze and homestead garden before heading to the historic Murray Downs Shed; meet the Shearer and experience the sights and sounds of a working wool shed. Relax in the café and visit our gift shop.

The below information is provided to assist you in organising your visit. There is some flexibility should your group desire access to the museum outside of normal trading hours and we ask that you call to discuss this if required. Shear Outback is easy to get around and the exhibition is self-guiding. Organised groups may have access to a Shear Outback Volunteer guide at no additional charge if requested prior to visit. Groups should be on site at least 15 minutes prior to the shearing demonstration to allow for time to get to the shearing venue

Shear Outback recommends that for a quality visit you should allow a minimum of one hour for the museum and Australian Shearers’ Hall of Fame and half an hour for the shearing demonstration in the Murray Down Shearing Shed. In addition you should allow 15-20 minutes for smoko and 45 minutes for lunch.

Special needs: A wheel chair is available for use on site with disabled access to all areas