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Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School Of Arts Photo Credit: Destination NSW

Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts

The Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts is a must see for visitors to Tenterfield, and offers a fresh and exciting approach to Australian history, culture and environment, with a focus on Federation.

Stories of Australia’s history are told through exciting and innovative displays and the museum features the Banquet Hall, where Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous Federation speech in 1889. A display of memorabilia from Parkes’ personal life, including a compelling portrait by Julian Ashton, ivory carvings and journals are situated in the Parkes Gallery.

The School of Arts is owned by the National Trust, and in 1957 was the first building in NSW to be gifted to the trust by an act of parliament. The National Trust of Australia is committed to promoting and conserving Australia’s indigenous, natural and historic heritage through advocacy, conservation and educational programmes. Members of the National Trust receive free entry into the museum.

The complex also features the Tenterfield Cinema & Theatre . This charming cinema features state of the art digital projection and screenings of all the latest movies, as well as live performances of music and theatre. Please note the cinema is currently closed due to COVID-19.

The library offers free access to the internet, free Wi-Fi, and is named in honour of the Tenterfield Saddler, George Woolnough, grandfather of Peter Allen.

Museum Entry Fees:

  • FREE for National Trust Members
  • FREE for Tenterfield Shire Ratepayers
  • $7.00 Adults
  • $5.50 Concession
  • $3.50 Child
  • $17.00 Family
  • $7.00 per head for tour groups of 10 or more people (includes guided tour)


The banquet hall is available to hire for events, functions & meetings. Contact us for more information.


Monday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Tuesday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Wednesday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Thursday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Friday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Saturday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Sunday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm


Contact Details

Phone: 02 6736 6100
Address: 205 Rouse Street, Tenterfield


205 Rouse Street, Tenterfield

Opening Hours

  • Monday 9:00am-4:30pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am-4:30pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am-4:30pm
  • Thursday 9:00am-4:30pm
  • Friday 9:00am-4:30pm
  • Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm