Located in Deloraine at the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre – the Deloraine & Districts Folk Museum will provide you with a fascinating insight into the region’s pioneering past. The Museum’s focus is the horse drawn era and the extensive gardens house many farm & pioneer implements.
The Folk Museum encompasses the Family & Commercial Inn built in 1863 and a Pioneer Walk consisting of reclaimed and reproduction heritage buildings showcasing the lives, tools and farming equipment of early settlers. Many buildings were saved from around the district and re-assembled in the museum grounds to provide an authentic experience.
In 1972 Mrs. Alma Bramich donated the old Inn and grounds to the community of Deloraine to help preserve the history of the pioneers of the area and as a tribute to them. A wander through the Inn today reflects the lifestyle of a country publican and his family.
The Museum also houses an Exhibition Room containing local information about famous sons and daughters, events and houses Deloraine’s Probation Station artefacts. The exhibitions in this room are updated frequently .
In the late 1990’s a new Visitor Information Centre was built at the Museum site. The Centre includes a gallery for Yarns Artwork in Silk, four large scale quilted panels that draw the viewer into the landscapes and lifestyles of the Meander Valley people.