In 1993, Molly Clark visited the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach. There she was inspired to create a similar space celebrating the extraordinary women who have shaped the face of Central Australia, both past and present.
The Women's Museum of Australia is a place to be inspired and should be included in your touring plans for Alice Springs. The museum celebrates the achievements of women. Detailing how their courage, determination, and perseverance have contributed to the development of Australia.
Exhibitions feature pioneering women, Australian women first in their fields (politics, sport, science, and the arts) and stories from new migrants. Located in the Alice Springs Old Gaol, this museum is a must if you are to truly understand life in the outback.
The Women’s Museum of Australia is accessible on foot from the centre of Alice Springs town, close to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility. Combining the two attractions makes for a great day of sightseeing and delving into history in Alice Springs.
You’ll receive a warm welcome from the museum’s well-informed volunteers and are then free to delve into the six permanent exhibitions. Each one focuses on a different aspect of the achievements of women in Australian history.
Most of the buildings are wheelchair accessible and the souvenir shop offers locally made products.
The museum is also responsible for the growth of the fascinating HerStory, a physical archive containing files on over 1,500 influential women first in their field. Many are now available online and make for inspiring reading.
A visit to the Old Gaol, or Her Majesty’s Gaol and Labour Prison Alice Springs, offers a chance to learn about life in the gaol and its association with the community. Visitors can explore the old buildings and listen to reflections from those who worked here, visited, were inmates, or fought to save the heritage-listed buildings. There are many fascinating stories unveiled here!
With over 2,500 objects and plenty to read throughout the exhibition, you should allow at least an hour or two for your visit.
The Women’s Museum of Australia is open Monday to Friday throughout the year.
You will find the Women’s Museum of Australia in the Old Gaol of Alice Springs, right in the heart of the Heritage Precinct.
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