A diverse collection of artifacts showcasing the history of Hay is displayed in the buildings and ground of the old Hay Gaol. The complex has had many uses since it was built in 1878: gaol, maternity hospital, lock hospital for the insane, prisoner of war detention centre, institute for girls and now a museum.
Exhibits include the growing collection of antique windmills, beer pumps used in Hay’s hotels, a Chinese insense stone along with Australia’s best preserved aboriginal canoes.
The Apex Park in the Gaol grounds is a great place for a picnic, and it has play equipment for the kids too.
The Gaol Museum is the hub of Hay’s stirring Australia Day celebrations, which start with a hearty breakfast , flag raising ceremony and presentation of the town’s citizenship awards.
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