Experience the very best of Tamworth by immersing yourself in the town’s flourishing arts and culture scene.
Art enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in Tamworth, with a wide selection of galleries offering fantastic and varied displays. Established in 1919, the Tamworth Regional Gallery is one of the oldest regional galleries in NSW, offering a collection of paintings, drawing and etchings from Australia and across the world, as well as one of the finest public collections of colonial silver. In 2004, the gallery moved into a state-of-the-art purpose-built building, which incorporates the gallery, the city library, two large exhibition spaces, an art studio and a modern meeting room. Stop by to view the permanent displays and travelling exhibitions, or take part in one of the gallery’s workshops or author talks.
The Weswal Gallery represents a range of contemporary Australian artists, and hosts a regularly changing program of exhibitions, artist talks and special events. The gallery also presents a selection of Australian designed and made products, ranging from ceramics, wood and glass to silver, jewellery and pewter.
Tamworth also has its fair share of engrossing museums, including the charming Calala Cottage Museum. Built in 1875, this cottage is furnished with items mainly from the late Victorian period, and features displays ranging from early Aboriginal artefacts through to the establishment of Tamworth as a city. Also offering an insight in Tamworth’s history is the Powerhouse Museum, which features displays detailing the history of electricity and items reflecting the impact of the development of electricity on modern society. Opened in 1988, the museum includes special working displays, exhibitions detailing early electrical appliances, two restored John Fowler under-type semi-portable steam engines, and much more.
The Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum offers something completely different, and is an absolute must for any bike enthusiast. The museum houses a private collection of over 50 motorcycles from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, which includes Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Velocette, Laverda and an extremely rare limited edition F4 MV Agusta Series ORO.
Tamworth’s entertainment venues, namely the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre, Capitol Theatre and the Tamworth Town Hall, provide a stage for international and Australian touring artists and shows, and attract a wide range of performances and events. If you’re looking for entertainment that’s a little more low key, then rest assured that the country music capital of Australia is in no short supply great pubs issuing out fantastic live music.