The new addition to the Rocky Hill War Memorial precinct - in the form of the brand new, state-of-the-art museum - will be one of the local attractions that visitors can experience from today, June 1, following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.
This is the first opportunity for visitors to see the new museum, the memorial and cottage, as well as explore the grounds, after being closed for over 12 months while construction of the new Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum was undertaken.
The planned opening in March was then hampered by COVID-19 restrictions
Construction work began on the site in January 2019, to build the new Museum and renovate the original cottage.
The opening exhibition - 'Objects of National Significance: When War Trophies came to Goulburn' - is a must see for history buffs.
Rocky Hill War Memorial opened in 1925 as a lasting tribute to the men and women of Goulburn who served during World War 1.
Sponsored by the community and designed by renowned local architects, E C Manfred and Sons, the memorial tower is constructed of concrete and clad in local stones - some of which was carried to the site by local residents and returned servicemen as part of Anzac Day commemorations in 1923.
Located on a prominent rocky outcrop the memorial is a must to visit with the viewing platform at the top of the tower providing a spectacular view over the city and surrounding areas. The tower is a well-known and iconic representation of Goulburn and a significant landmark to the local community.
A small museum opened in the basement of the tower in 1927 to house a substantial collection of war trophies allocated to Goulburn in 1920, 1922 and 1926. The collection has grown significantly over the years and moved to the re-purposed onsite caretakers cottage in 1999.
The new state of the art museum building doubles the exhibition space and providing a large open area for programs and events.
The museum is open 10am to 4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, weekends, public holidays and school holidays.
Also re-opening today is the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.
Team members are excited to welcome the public back to the gallery.
Exhibitions currently on display include: Sidney McMahon - 'Of hope and longing', Gallery 2: 'You forgot that spaghettis can swim' and The Window - Curated by Hannah Gee.