National Wool Museum Collection

The National Wool Museum collection is now online at Victorian Collections.

The National Wool Museum Collection tells the Australian story of wool, fibre and textiles. It contains a range of material relating to the people involved in all aspects of the wool industry since colonisation.

The National Wool Museum Collection forms part of the larger City of Greater Geelong Heritage Collection. The Collection is people-oriented, containing items and records documenting their lives within the industry, from the farm to the factory, as well as the range of products made from wool.

The Collection contains significant documents, images and objects relating to the history of Geelong and rural Victoria, punctuated by significant wool-related items from other states. The oldest known item in the Collection dates to the late eighteenth century.

The Collection consists of over 8,000 objects, and includes textiles, paper-based items, objects, paintings, photographs and large pieces of machinery.

The National Wool Museum Collection can be accessed online through Victoria Collections and also at Geelong Heritage Collections.

Donations to our collection

Thank you for your interest in donating to the National Wool Museum Collection.

We are currently not acquiring new items into the Collection and have a temporary pause on accepting donations. This will remain in place until 1 January 2025.

Our Collection is of local and national significance, and we are committed as an organisation in working towards and achieving best practice in collection care, management and access.

This period allows our Collections team to focus energy and limited resources on improving storage, cataloguing backlog material, conservation work, research and documentation, digitisation projects and improving access to our Collections both online and in person. 

Please consider alternative collecting institutions for your items during this time. If you would like a list of alternative suggestions, please email [email protected].

Please note: museum staff cannot offer valuations. For more information on getting your object valued visit the valuations page on the Victorian Collections website.

Page last updated: Monday, 22 January 2024