Tamworth’s Australian Country Music Hall of Fame revamped and ready for 50th Tamworth Country Music Festival | The head of the daily newspaper in the North


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ONE of the country music capital’s most beloved museums has blazed up just in time for the 50th Tamworth Country Music Festival. Australia’s Country Music Hall of Fame reopened on Tuesday after a five-month closure, so it could look neat and stretch in time for January. A new open foyer, reception, technology upgrades and never-before-seen exhibits were all part of the massive renovation project. Tamworth Regional Council Cultural and Community Services Director Kay Delahunt said the COVID lockdown provided an opportune time to work on the renovations. “The entrance is now on the opposite side and people can enter a large spacious hall which will have a gift shop,” she said. “The building now has an increased capacity of people who can be there in a COVIDSafe environment. READ ALSO: The improvements have improved circulation in the building, with a new entrance from the front and an exit from the rear of the parking lot. “It’s a better use of space to really tell this country music story,” Ms. Delahunt said. New exhibits include the Hadley recording studio, a hat and boot exhibit, and the ‘Other Lives’ exhibit focusing on the lives of well-known artists outside of their music. Hall of Fame staff member Cathy Hanley said volunteers and staff worked hours to assemble the new exhibits and extract items from the archives. “We had a complete change of exhibition and display,” she said. “People can expect to see a bit of everything country music, from clothing to records, from instruments to posters. “Everything and everything that celebrates country music. Including the Walk a Country Mile exhibit, the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame features an extensive collection of memorabilia from country music artists. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will have extended hours of operation during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news for the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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