The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame will reopen to locals and travellers after being closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Tamworth Regional Council has officially taken over management of the significant museum collection this month after the Australian Country Music Foundation 'gifted' it to the local community.
Council’s Director Art Gallery and Museum’s Bridget Guthrie said it’s an exciting milestone for Hall of Fame.
“Council is honoured to be the new custodians of this collection which details the history of country music in Australia and New Zealand and we look forward to preserving it and building on it in the future,” Ms Guthrie said.
To coincide with the reopening of the Hall of Fame, a new website has been launched and is live at www.countrymusichalloffame.com.au.
The revamped website has information about the museum and its collections of country music memorabilia, information and history.
“With Tamworth being the Country Music Capital, updating the website is essential to promoting the museum and its collections to not only country music lovers but to all visitors and tourists to the Tamworth region,” Ms Guthrie said, "The museum is one of Country Music Trail attractions here in Tamworth that tourists can visit."
While Council takes up the operation and management of the Hall of Fame Museum from 1 September 2020, the Deed of Gift will formally transfer the collection’s ownership into Council’s hands from 30 November 2020.
The museum is now open to small groups and anyone wishing to visit must make arrangments in advance by phoning 02 6766 9696.