Unearth the unexpected with a tour of some of the most unique collections in Australia. From pinball machines to pioneers, these quirky museums will add something special to your Silo Art Trail itinerary. It’s a great chance to discover the unexpected and delve deeper into the history of Victoria’s west.
Australian Pinball Museum
22 Dimboola Road (Western Highway), Nhill VIC 3418
The perfect stopover while travelling and the ultimate pinball destination. The Australian Pinball Museum is the largest collection of pinballs available for public play, open 7 days a week, in Australia. Over 50 years of pinball machines on display, and ready to play!
Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre
Aerodrome Rd, Nhill VIC 3418
Located at the aerodrome, The Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre is a tribute to the 10,000 young men and women who trained at the Nhill aerodrome when it was an RAAF Base during World War 2.
Home to a partly restored Avro Anson aeroplane, a fully restored Wirraway, an operating Tiger Moth, a de Soutter and a working flight simulator, you will be amazed at the workmanship and attention to detail of the dedicated volunteers who manage the aircraft on display.
Woods’ Farming and Heritage Museum
109 Wimmera Hwy, Rupanyup VIC 3388
Featuring a huge range of farming and household memorabilia dating back to the 1920s, the Woods’ Farming & Heritage Museum offers fantastic insights into Australia’s rural heritage. Local brothers Michael and John Woods, who founded the museum, have been working on their display since the 1980’s – which started with pieces from their grandparent’s farm.
The extensive collection has grown considerably over the years, and in addition to a range of tractors, tools and household items, the museum also includes complete room displays of a grocery store, butcher and hospital setting of the past. Spanning two large sheds, there is something new to unearth around every corner.
Viewing is by appointment only – please phone: 0427 159 154
Wheatlands Warracknabeal Agricultural Machinery Museum
34 Henty Hwy, Warracknabeal VIC 3393
Step into the past and imagine life as a farmer throughout history. The Wheatlands Agricultural Machinery Museum offers a unique, historical perspective on the agricultural industry, housing the largest collection of historical machinery in Australia.
Since 1973, the Wheatlands Agricultural Machinery Museum has been collecting historical pieces, from old tractors and hay bailers to harvesting and cultivating equipment. It’s here, you can unearth more about the silos original use and the history of agriculture in the region.
Pioneer Museum Jeparit
5371 Dimboola-Rainbow Rd, Jeparit VIC 3423
Sitting on the banks of the Wimmera River, at the southern end of town, and spanning four hectares of land, is the spectacular Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum. The Museum shows life as it was for many pioneers who opened up the northern Wimmera and southern Mallee, with a wonderful collection of original buildings and homesteads, as well as household items, tools and more.
*NOTE: With current COVID-19 measures, it’s important to plan ahead and contact the business you would like to visit to ensure they are open and you adhere to their guidelines. Here is a quick checklist to start your planning.
Written by Wimmera Mallee Tourism on 29 September, 2020