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Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts Museum

| Corner Rouse & Manners Street, Tenterfield, New South Wales 2372, Australia
+61 2 6736 6100
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A piece of history

A fascinating museum, located in a wonderful civic complex, on the life of Sir Henry Parkes and the... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2018
bobjanh
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Brisbane, Australia
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Impressive

Your never sure what you will get in little country museums but this one is terrific. Lots of stuff... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
EssenJohn
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The Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts is a must see for visitors to Tenterfield, and offers a fresh and exciting approach to Australian history, culture and environment, with a focus on Federation. Stories of Australia's history are told through exciting and innovative displays and the museum features the Banquet Hall, where Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous Federation speech in 1889. A display of memorabilia from Parkes' personal life, including a compelling portrait by Julian Ashton, ivory carvings and journals is situated in the gallery. The School of Arts is owned by the National Trust, and in 1957 was the first building in NSW to be gifted to the trust by an act of parliament. The complex also features the Tenterfield Cinema & Theatre. This charming cinema features state of the art digital projection and screenings of all the latest movies, as well as live performances of music and theatre. Museum Entry Fees: - FREE for National Trust Members - FREE for Tenterfield Shire Ratepayers - $6.00 Adults - $5.00 Concession - $3.00 Child - $13.00 Family - $7.00 per head for tour groups of 10 or more people (includes guided tour)
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| Corner Rouse & Manners Street, Tenterfield, New South Wales 2372, Australia
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Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

A fascinating museum, located in a wonderful civic complex, on the life of Sir Henry Parkes and the important event that took place here in Tenterfield. Learnt some very interesting facts from the time and the processes leading to Federation. Very well done. Admission is...More

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TenterfieldVIC, Public Relations Manager at Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2018

Thanks for the review! Great that you found it so interesting.

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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Your never sure what you will get in little country museums but this one is terrific. Lots of stuff about Henry Parkes of course, which we were expecting but many other very interesting items. Great for anyone with even a passing interest in Australian history.

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TenterfieldVIC, Public Relations Manager at Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Thanks for the review, glad you found our museum interesting and enjoyable. Some of the best hidden gems come from the country.

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Helpful staff and excellent displays which have been preserved and displayed very well .. will be back

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TenterfieldVIC, Public Relations Manager at Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed your time & even better to hear you'll be back.

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

This was an exceptional venue to host a business conference. The historic significance only contributed to the success, the splendour of this museum. Combined with the courtyard cafe , our dinner was a huge success. Thank you

Thank John R
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TenterfieldVIC, Public Relations Manager at Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Thanks for the review John, we're really glad you had a great conference and that the venue worked so well for you.

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Reviewed 17 March 2018

This room is amazing, set up as it was when Sir Henry Parkes made his Federation declaration. So much history here. Tenterfield is packed with history and its well worth a visit. I live here and never tire of it. Autumn is beginning too, don't...More

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TenterfieldVIC, Public Relations Manager at Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Thanks for the review!

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

This museum is well worth a visit and provides a great history lesson on Australia's political leaders. It has been beautifully restored and staff very helpful.

Thank Denise C
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TenterfieldVIC, Public Relations Manager at Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thanks for the review Denise, glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

Must come and visit this iconic historical center. Entry is $14 for two adults. Air conditioned with facilities in courtyard. Lots of historical photos, newspaper editorials, war paraphernalia, federation history and museum highlighting Tenterfields history. Local heirloom cinema is situated in the facility, providing contemporary...More

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TenterfieldVIC, Public Relations Manager at Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2018

Thanks for the review Julie! We have so much local talent in Tenterfield in the arts, and we're thrilled to be able to showcase them here.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

The hall was quit and you could amost hear the speech from the past it just had the feeling of the history. You could sit in the alcove and actually here a reproduction of the original speech that paved the way to Federation

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TenterfieldVIC, Public Relations Manager at Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2018

Thanks for the reivew, great you enjoyed your time with us. We love that banquet hall - is pretty special whenever there is a function in there as well.

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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

I didn't know Sir Henry Parkes basically kicked off our hospital and education system and laid out so many things that we take for granted today. I thought I knew some visionary people, both alive and dead, but they pale into insignificance compared to the...More

Thank TerryAustralia2015
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TenterfieldVIC, Public Relations Manager at Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Thanks for the review Terry, and glad you had such a great visit! Val is certainly a gem, as are all our volunteers.

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

The School of Arts in Tenterfield was the site of Sir Henry Parkes' inaugural Federation speech in October 1889. Prior to Federation, Australia consisted of 6 or so separate colonies with customs stations at each border crossinf and with each colony having it's own armed...More

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TenterfieldVIC, Public Relations Manager at Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Thanks for the review - glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum and School of Arts.

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