Classic Aussie inventions on display at Museum re-reopening

Murwillumbah Museum re-opening 30 June with a new exhibition, Design Nation

Thursday 25 June, 2020

Tweed Regional Museum is re-opening its doors to the public with an exciting new exhibition entitled Design Nation.
 
Murwillumbah will be the first place in Australia to view the touring exhibition from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse) in Sydney.

Design Nation brings together outstanding examples of Australian ingenuity and innovation in a range of classic, everyday objects from Aussie households. The exhibition casts a spotlight on Australia's rich manufacturing and design history from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s.

"We're really looking forward to welcoming visitors, especially locals from the Tweed back to the museum," Museum Director Judy Kean said.

"We've really enjoyed connecting with the community through our History from Home programs and sharing a range of digital exhibitions while are doors were closed - but it's also very exciting to be opening our doors to the public again and we are especially excited to share this new exhibition.

"Australian designers have invented countless everyday items that have changed our lifestyle overtime. When we look around our homes, many items were actually designed in Australia, including the Dolphin torch, the Staysharp knife and even the Esky, to name a few.

"This exhibition appeals to all ages and interests from students and lovers of design to creatives fascinated with innovation." 

In preparation for re-opening, new measures have been put in place to ensure the museum is a safe place to visit, including a limit on visitor numbers.  Visitors are encouraged to book their free tickets online for a morning or afternoon session. 

The museum has strict hygiene measures in place and will continue to be guided by public health advice, as well as liaising with other museums and galleries, to determine best practice during COVID restrictions. 

The Tweed Regional Museum branch at Tweed Heads will remain closed until 15 September 2020. However, visitors can enjoy a virtual tour of both Boyds' Shed and the original Tweed Heads Courthouse, and look forward to September school holiday programs. 

To book your free visit, or to preview one of the Museum's virtual tours, visit the museum website museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au/TheMuseum or contact trm@tweed.nsw.gov.au or 02 6670 2493.