Sir Henry Parkes Museum

Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts Photo by Reichlyn Photography

COVID -19 – School of Arts Cinema & Museum

Tenterfield Shire Council is continuing to review health advice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and has put in place changes to meet guidelines for public safety. These guidelines have been implemented to ensure Council staff are available to meet the needs of the community throughout the crisis, with community and employee safety front of mind. Visitors will be required to follow social distancing and hygiene practices.

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 National Trust of Australia is committed to promoting and conserving Australia’s indigenous, natural and historic heritage through advocacy, conservation and educational programmes. Members of the National Trust receive free entry into the museum.

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. Check the website or Facebook page for what’s on!

The library offers free access ot the internet, free wi-fi, and is named in honour of the Tenterfield Saddler, George Woolnough, grandfather of Peter Allen.

Museum Entry Fees:

  • FREE for National Trust Members
  • FREE for Tenterfield Shire Ratepayers
  • $7.00 Adults
  • $5.50 Concession
  • $3.50 Child
  • $17.00 Family
  • $7.00 per head for tour groups of 10 or more people (includes guided tour)

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday: 10.00am – 4.00 pm