What’s on at the National Wool Museum

June 24, 2021 BY

The National Wool Museum is telling the story of Baarack the Lost Sheep.

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The National Wool Museum will help keep the family warm and active these winter holidays with fun exhibitions, displays and exciting programs for all age groups.

Experience the interactive and tactile galleries which tell the stories of our land and the textile industry, visit the world-famous fleece of Baarack the Lost Sheep or enter an immersive cityscape full of tactile and sensory activities with the How Cities Work exhibition – and even sign-up for one of our StoryCraft programs.

Don’t miss out on the museum’s award-winning gallery On the Land: Our Story Retold which tells the story of people and places and our impact on the land.

Suitable for the entire family, the exhibition is contemporary and interactive, encouraging curiosity about the environment, farming, the region’s Traditional Owners and sheep.

But who is Baarack the lost sheep? Baarack received worldwide fame earlier this year when he was found wandering the Cobaw State Forest in desperate need of a haircut.

The National Wool Museum is telling the story of Baarack and his very large fleece alongside lively illustrations from local children’s book author Renee Treml and new films shot on location at Baarack’s new home, Edgar’s Mission.

Baarack is believed to be around eight years old with at least five years’ worth of fleece weighing him down – that’s a whopping 35.4kgs!

“The museum jumped at the chance to display this incredibly large fleece and to tell the story of the now famous sheep who battled the odds and survived,” National Wool Museum director Padraic Fisher said.

“When we first heard about Baarack, we were determined to share the story of this celebrity sheep.

“It isn’t often that popular culture and sheep come together, but the Baarack story is one of those occasions.”

Meanwhile, don’t miss the final days of How Cities Work, a travelling exhibition by the Sydney Living Museum.

From skyscrapers to underground networks, this interactive family exhibition reveals the secret workings of busy urban centres.

Enter an immersive cityscape full of tactile and sensory activities. Peek inside buildings, duck underground, see and hear the city come to life with playful animations, bustling sounds and something new to uncover on every street corner. It’s the city as you’ve never experienced it before.

For a complete day of activities book in for one of the museum’s StoryCraft programs with illustrator and author Renee Treml or share some classic children’s books and go on the Great Sheep Hunt through the museum.

The National Wool Museum is at 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong. Entry costs 10 Adults, $8 Concession, $6 Child, $30 Family (inc. two adults and up to four children).

StoryCraft program bookings – nwm.vic.gov.au. Baarack the Lost Sheep is on display until August 8. How Cities Work is on display until July 11.

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