Here we all are, having the delightful break that includes Christmas and New Year, and then school holidays — and, if we’re lucky, a little time to rest.
But visitors to Silver City just now have come to find places to see and things to do, in this often quiet time.
So, two museums run by the Broken Hill Historical Society are open.
Silverton Gaol Museum
The Silverton Gaol Museum is open every day of the year, except Xmas Day, so it’s open now.
This museum holds an amazing and extensive record of the colonial history of this region, both Silverton’s and Broken Hill’s, with just a touch of local First Nations history.
If you are wondering about kids in a museum, then this museum has a ‘task’ to help them explore and have fun, while you do!
Synagogue of the Outback Museum
The next museum the Society manages that’s open very soon is the Synagogue of the Outback Museum.
After Xmas/New Year break it opens again on 3rd January, and from then will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm.
What does it offer?
Well, first this museum holds a record of the Jewish migration to Broken Hill from the 1880s — those coming to work in local mining and become part of the development of the towns of Silverton and Broken Hill.
The Synagogue itself is a beautifully built record of that community, and is still occasionally used for services and celebrations by Jewish communities from all over.
But there’s more. This museum has some oddities: a record of the way non-Jewish migrants to Silver City religions worshipped in the early days of the area.
And then there’s a research library focusing on local mining history.
And last, but by no means least, a record of Broken Hill’s connection with the sinking of the Titanic. Seriously!! Go take a look.Silverton School Museum
Silverton School Museum
The Silverton School Museum is re-opening this week!! It will be open Friday the 6th and Sunday the 8th from 9am to 3.30pm.
Enjoy all our mseums.