National Wool Museum
National Wool Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Here the story of wool is brought to life - told by those who lived it and through the sights and the sounds of heritage machines weaving carpets and knitting socks. Here the smell of lanolin fills the air, fresh fleece beckons your touch and the authentic surrounds of the shearing shed immerse you in the Australian wool story. The National Wool Museum experience is more than just wool. Here history, science, fashion, handcraft and art come together. Here temporary exhibitions and programs combine learning, exploration and entertainment. Here you can find the finest woollens, learn a traditional craft, explore our region's heritage and maybe even come fate-to-face with creatures from our past. Today the National Wool Museum is one of Australia's cultural treasures - as a cultural heritage destination for visitors and community.
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  • yazitravels
    Bordeaux, France415 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definetly a must do
    Just went with my partner. It is such a great place. Only 10$ entry per adult. It is perfect if you are alone, with a partner, with kids or family. Staff are really nice. It is very interesting to see all the steps of wool making. We wouldn't imagine all the steps before the final result. You learn a lot about geelong. It is kid friendly : stencil drawing, lego building, typewriting, coloring, parents room. Definetly recommend.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 April 2023
  • Ken B
    Nunawading, Australia26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Wool Museum - worth a visit
    Very interesting and well laid out museum - especially for anyone who worked in the wool or carpet trade. Very helpful staff. Interesting displays of stages of processing ad some great old processing machinery. A complete carpet loom which unfortunately was not in operation due to a shortage of the special Jute they need for it. Very good videos - interesting talks by old shearers and wool store people
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 June 2023
  • charlene_veverka
    Wilton, Australia322 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    National Wool Museum Geelong
    Great educational museum located in the heart of Geelong city. History, factual information and interactive displays make for a wonderful learning experience for both young and old. It was great to get a better understanding of the importance of the wool industry to the Australian economy and what has changed and also stayed the same throughout the years. Definitely worth the visit if you have a few hours up your sleeve when visiting Geelong. You won't find another place like this that is also housed in heritage building.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 January 2024
  • jebskulker
    2,065 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty decent range, only a few floors but enough to see
    The museum itself is located right near the waterfront in a fairly central location, about a 10 minute walk from the main train station. At $12 entry it's pretty reasonable. There are 3 floors with ramps for wheelchair access, 2 dedicated to wool, and one for a special photographic exhibition. It was interesting seeing the history of wool production and sheep shearing as well as some history of Australian land owners. It was fine for what I paid but it seemed fairly basic. I would've liked to see more about areas that sheep sheering originated, more about the land owners and where they were located, and it seemed very Geelong and Victoria centric when it had actually named itself as a national museum, it had nothing about the rest of Australia. Still, it's satisfying and there's enough to see to fill in 45 minutes to an hour. The photographic exhibition on the top floor was fascinating, and while it had little to do with the rest of the museum was a real highlight.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 January 2024
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KBofLB
Littleborough, UK529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a comprehensive museum dealing with the history of the wool industry in Australia including life on the farms and the heavy machinery used over the years (much of it imported from England). Well worth visiting.
Written 3 March 2024
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Paul Cuthbertson
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Totally awsome experience and so friendly knowledgeable staff. Mick was brilliant demonstrating the carpet making machine, his enthusiasm and knowledge was staggering...
Written 27 February 2024
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Clare C
Bli Bli, Australia10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Small museum outlining the story of wool mainly from a Victoria perspective. I was aware of other mills interstate but are not mentioned. The photographic exhibition was very good
Written 1 February 2024
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jebskulker
Sydney, NSW2,065 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The museum itself is located right near the waterfront in a fairly central location, about a 10 minute walk from the main train station. At $12 entry it's pretty reasonable.
There are 3 floors with ramps for wheelchair access, 2 dedicated to wool, and one for a special photographic exhibition. It was interesting seeing the history of wool production and sheep shearing as well as some history of Australian land owners. It was fine for what I paid but it seemed fairly basic. I would've liked to see more about areas that sheep sheering originated, more about the land owners and where they were located, and it seemed very Geelong and Victoria centric when it had actually named itself as a national museum, it had nothing about the rest of Australia. Still, it's satisfying and there's enough to see to fill in 45 minutes to an hour.
The photographic exhibition on the top floor was fascinating, and while it had little to do with the rest of the museum was a real highlight.
Written 20 January 2024
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charlene_veverka
Wilton, Australia322 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Great educational museum located in the heart of Geelong city.

History, factual information and interactive displays make for a wonderful learning experience for both young and old. It was great to get a better understanding of the importance of the wool industry to the Australian economy and what has changed and also stayed the same throughout the years.

Definitely worth the visit if you have a few hours up your sleeve when visiting Geelong. You won't find another place like this that is also housed in heritage building.
Written 7 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ken B
Nunawading, Australia26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Very interesting and well laid out museum - especially for anyone who worked in the wool or carpet trade. Very helpful staff. Interesting displays of stages of processing ad some great old processing machinery. A complete carpet loom which unfortunately was not in operation due to a shortage of the special Jute they need for it. Very good videos - interesting talks by old shearers and wool store people
Written 5 June 2023
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yazitravels
Bordeaux, France415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Just went with my partner. It is such a great place. Only 10$ entry per adult. It is perfect if you are alone, with a partner, with kids or family. Staff are really nice. It is very interesting to see all the steps of wool making. We wouldn't imagine all the steps before the final result. You learn a lot about geelong. It is kid friendly : stencil drawing, lego building, typewriting, coloring, parents room. Definetly recommend.
Written 19 April 2023
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John G
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The rare 5 star review! This museum is a little treasure - 1 to 2 hour visit. In downtown Geelong, walking distance from our cruise ship tender dock.

Watch a live sheep shearing demonstration! Learn about the impact on the Ausie economy of the wool industry. Lots of biographical information about major actors among the settlers. They had a few exhibits on the environmental challenges created by the wool industry and how they are responding to sustainability and renewable power.

During our visit they also had a fantastic special exhibit on top nature photography in NZ. A room with the machinery, including a working loom. I would call this a hidden treasure. Nice folks in the craft shop, plus there was a traveler information counter for the region. Located in a restored landmark industrial building.
Written 20 February 2023
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Margaret M
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
A really high quality tourist experience, even if you’re not into wool! Our teens were entertained, the displays were informative and interactive, the guides super helpful and interesting. Geelong has a real treasure here!
Written 13 January 2023
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Judith B
Rosemount, Australia94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
So darn interesting reading and leaning about Australia’s wool history. The guy on the carpet loom was soo good to chat to!
Written 10 December 2022
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