Welcome to our BIG list of arts and cultural events happening in the NSW Central West gathered from artists, event producers, great local venues and groups across the region.

This is a busy artistic region. There’s usually more than 2000 arts and heritage events happeing in the region each year. Of course, 2020 looks a little different but the events are slowly returning where possible.

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Capturing Nature: Early photography at the Australian Museum 1857 – 1893

Wed June 17 - Sun August 2

Free entry

ustralia’s earliest scientific photographs are revealed in a new exhibition, Capturing Nature.

Taken from the Australian Museum’s extensive archival collection of glass plate negatives, 65 large-format photographic prints showcase the scientific discoveries of Australian Museum scientists between the 1850s and 1890s. The exhibition also tells the story of the advent of photography in the young colony, less than 10 years after the birth of photography in Europe.

A touring exhibition created by the Australian Museum.

Image: Sperm Whale flipper, Megaptera longimana. Photo (c) Australian Museum

We’re happy to announce that Orange Regional Museum is now open to the public from today Tuesday June 2. The Museum will be open for our regular opening hours (between 9am and 4pm every day).

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon and sharing our current exhibitions Regenerate and Capturing Nature: early photography at the Australian Museum 1857-1893.

To ensure that everyone can have a safe and comfortable visit to the Museum, we’ve introduced some additional measures including:
• capping visitor numbers at 80 people, based on the one person per 4 square metres rule.
• online booking for your free visit. Head to www.visitorm.eventbrite.com.au to reserve your free ticket in advance. We can also book you in at the door if you can’t book ahead (as long as we haven’t reached our maximum capacity).
• a heightened cleaning regime, including regular disinfection of high-touch surfaces like touch screens, seats and display cases.
• asking everyone to maintain their 1.5m distance.
• requesting that you don’t visit the Museum if you’re unwell or have recently been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Group bookings and public programs have not recommenced yet.

If you have any questions regarding the Museum and our current services, please visit www.orange.nsw.gov.au/museum or contact us at museum@orange.nsw.gov.au or (02) 6393 8444.

For more information on Orange City Council services that have recently opened, please visit https://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/additional-orange-city-council-services-re-open-following-new-covid-19-restriction-changes/


Wed June 17
Sun August 2
Free entry
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Orange Regional Museum
151 Byng St
Orange, NSW 2800 Australia



The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West. These events are sourced or supplied from local venues and arts organisations. Many events listed here have been originally shared by the organisers on social media.  Whilst all care is taken – and accuracy is our priority – we can take no responsibility for date changes or the content of contributed information. Contact the event organisers listed for more details or to book tickets.

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