New Norcia Museum & Art Gallery

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New Norcia Museum & Art Gallery

New Norcia Museum & Art Gallery
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Lou Lou
23 contributions
Unexpected adventure
Oct 2021 • Friends
Do the two hour walking tour. It’s a gentle pace with “behind the scenes history and access”. Fascinating. The guides really know their stuff. Information delivered with aplomb
Written October 12, 2021
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Russell4157
Hervey Bay, Australia137 contributions
Simply amazing
Aug 2021 • Couples
If you are in or around Perth, you must take time to visit New Norcia. The museum, visitor centre and gift shop are priceless.
Written August 24, 2021
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torilax
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Not worth the drive if simply visiting the town.
Aug 2021 • Family
New Norcia is not what we expected at all. We visited because of the old bakery which is unfortunately no longer. We imagined it to be similar to York but with more history and different architecture. The reality is that the town has a very dark and sinister past that is still reflected in its atmosphere. There are no cafes or playgrounds or anything. There is a petrol station and a shop in the monastery but that’s it. Walking round the grounds there was nobody there. Asking for information was tricky and we just felt unwelcome. It seems the past of the town has cloaked it in a shame that it’s not proud of and doesn’t want to admit to anyone.
Written August 14, 2021
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shockingman
Perth, Australia16 contributions
A beautiful historical experience
Mar 2021
A group of 50 seniors visited new Norcia today on a day trip organized by Hello World, Alexander Heights. I have wanted to visit for 45 years and it has taken Covid restrictions for me to visit our own back yard. It is the only Monastic town in Australia and its history is extremely interesting. The old historical buildings have a beautiful architectural style and there are three beautiful churches with beautiful paintings in them. One almost like a mini Sistine Chapel. Being less that two hours from Perth it is an interesting drive through farming country, and you see the DISK as you drive up. Actually I would even recommend it for a weekend stay in the excellent hotel that they have there. Our meal was excellent on a beautiful laid tables, and tea served in the most colorful cup and pots. Reasonably priced I would recommend that as many people from Western Australia consider visiting, and even spending a weekend there. Stop at the Bindoon bakery on your drive there. I certainly will be doing it. David Schokman.
Written March 24, 2021
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Subin Daniel
Perth, Australia73 contributions
Good
Jan 2021 • Family
Had a quick visit to the Museum. Really impressive and is certainly worth a visit. Amazed with items on display across three levels. Friendly staff and good ambience.
Only down side is that Museum not open till 0930 am.
Written January 27, 2021
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Kate Watson
2 contributions
Great experience full of history
Jan 2021 • Family
Fantastic tour with Melissa. She knows the place very well and is very personable. She also has a beautiful singing voice.
The place is full of history. We enjoyed our visit very much. Pleasant staff members all round.
Great experience. Highly recommend if you’ve not been. Embrace the history.
Written January 5, 2021
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia5,109 contributions
Mesmerising and Priceless
Nov 2020
I must admit that I was unprepared for the quality of the exhibits, wrongly thinking that both the Art Gallery and Museum would only reflect the history of the Settlement at New Norcia. Both do that and more. Life at the Settlement is shown in the rudimentary early medical instruments, artefacts, maps, photos of the first Spanish monks and the Abbotts, church memorabilia, aboriginal artefacts, etc. There was a wonderful display of textile items; the 18th century Italian cope and chasuble, 19th century pretiosa mitre, Dutch bourse from 1640 and a fragment of an embroidered cope hand-worked by Queen Isabella of Spain. The collection of 15 paintings by Albert Namatjira and family members left me amazed, especially when I read that the majority were donated from the estate of a former pupil. It was fascinating to view a number of the paintings in the European Gallery, these were cut from their frames and stolen in 1986, subsequently recovered and skillfully restored. These paintings date to the 16th century.
My wife and I spent approx. three hours viewing the displays in the different galleries on both the Ground and First floors, much more time than the one hour suggested. Mesmerising and priceless
Written January 3, 2021
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mammarazi
Perth, Australia10 contributions
A surprising and worthwhile treat
Oct 2020 • Family
I wasn’t sure how big the collections would be and if it was worth the price of the admission. It was surprisingly a very worthwhile visit with a large collection of art, exhibitions and the museum with memorabilia from the history of New Norcia.

A good-sized and very valuable collection of religious paintings, family friendly which is important. The children were 11-13 in my group and they all enjoyed the gallery and museum. We spent quite a while viewing the 3 storeys.
Written October 3, 2020
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We are so glad you enjoyed your time in our Museum and Art Gallery. A month or so ago we added two new exhibitions to our display, our Namatjira and Textile Collections, so there is even more to see. And it is good to know that the children in your group enjoyed their time there too, thank you for your feedback.
Written October 12, 2020
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Paul O
Perth, Australia42 contributions
Tourists in our own state
Sep 2020
With covid keeping us close to home, we took the opportunity to explorer this great state of ours.

Our initial trip was to the Pinnacles but when we released New Norcia was not force off the track, we added it to our itinerary. And then we did some research...

OMG the museum and art gallery looked great and there was also a 2 hour guided tour of the town. Why hadn't we done this before??

The museum was very interesting and the gift shop had locally baked produce - sadly the bakery is no longer open to the public but we bought a loaf of pizza bread which lasted about 5 minutes, it was so good.

Gary, our guide, met us at 11 for the tour and he was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the town and monastery, the interactions with the local indigenous population, and impressed everyone with his Mozart concerto in the Abbey so we could appreciate the acoustics. Outstanding!

If you make it to New Norcia, allow the time to take in the museum and do the tour. It is well worth it.

It's only a shame the bakery and hotel aren't open for meals as the local service station food was quite ordinary so maybe bring some food with you...
Written September 26, 2020
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BellBoy53
Brisbane, Australia496 contributions
Wonderful insight
Feb 2020
The museum and gallery is a into this part of WA's history. There is an amazing array of Spanish artworks on display which would do any metropolitan museum proud. The gift shop has a good range of Benedictine-made items (olive oil, cake, bread, wine) as well as Abbey beers made off-site. We took an enjoyable town tour with Sue who showed us what is on offer today as well as gave us an insight into the lives of the early and present-day monks.
Written February 20, 2020
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We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and tour of New Norcia and thank you for your wonderful feedback. Hopefully you can visit us again in the future.
Written June 10, 2020
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