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Warrnambool Art Gallery and Flagstaff Hill reopen November 14

News Article Date: 
Friday, 13 November 2020

The Warrnambool Art Gallery and Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village will both reopen to the public on Saturday November 14, with COVID-safe practices in place.

Warrnambool City Council Acting CEO Vikki King said that the pair of cultural institutions were an important part of the city’s tourism appeal, as well as being great spots for locals to spend time regularly.

“With Melbourne residents now free to visit regional Victoria, and with interstate borders beginning to reopen, it’s important for Warrnambool to provide the best possible experience for visitors while still keeping everyone safe,” she said.

“Over the past week, Flagstaff Hill has had about 150 people per day arrive seeking admission, so the visitors are here and they’re looking for great experiences to enjoy.

“Flagstaff Hill is home to Australia’s richest collection of shipwreck artefacts, and the replica village and surrounding space is a lot of fun to explore.

“With picnics especially popular lately, there are few better spots in Warrnambool than Flagstaff Hill. You can set up your picnic in the shadow of a 19th century lighthouse while taking in the stunning views of Lady Bay.

“At the WAG, there are some great exhibitions to soak in right away, none more pertinent than Michelle Hamer’s ‘2020 is Cancelled’, which sees commonly heard COVID-themed messages created using intricate stitch work.

“The ‘Weehnirr’ exhibition in the new indigenous space showcases how young contemporary Aboriginal artists have explored ideas of culture and the messenger.

“And opening on November 21 is Megan Nicolson’s ‘Soggy Homes: The Wonder of Wetlands’ which will be a fun exhibition for families featuring giant textile creatures with an important message about our local environment.”

Flagstaff Hill will operate with reduced opening times of 10am until 4pm. The sound and light show and the tea rooms remain closed for now.

The WAG will be open from 10am until 5pm on weekdays and 10am until 3pm on weekends.

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