Museum Selfie Day returning to Bathurst facilities

SNAPPING THEIR BEST SHOT: Marinelle Crisologo, Sarah Driver, Chelsea Stephens and Ben Clayton took a selfie with a dinosaur at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in 2017. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 011717cself
SNAPPING THEIR BEST SHOT: Marinelle Crisologo, Sarah Driver, Chelsea Stephens and Ben Clayton took a selfie with a dinosaur at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in 2017. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 011717cself

WEDNESDAY is the perfect time to explore Bathurst’s museums and cultural facilities. 

Bathurst Regional Council will have its major cultural attractions participating in Museum Selfie Day, a world-wide event that aims to immerse more people in the cultural offerings of their city. 

This is the second year Bathurst has participated and Museums manager Janelle Middleton said the day had already proved popular.

“Council is participating for a second time due the success of last year's event,” she said. 

“In 2017 over 1000 people took part to visit museums in Bathurst, which provided council's facilities with worldwide exposure.”

The facilities participating this year are the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, National Motor Racing Museum, Chifley Home, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and the District Historical Society Museum.

These facilities will be offering free entry on the day as an incentive to visit. 

Adding to the fun of the day is the competition to take the best selfie. 

The person who takes the best selfie will receive a $100 Buy Local Gift Card, while a kids merchandise pack is being put together for the best entry from a primary school age child.

To aid people in their selfie-taking, council has arranged for Snapchat filters to be available at the venues. 

“Its a great opportunity for people to be creative and have a bit of fun at our museums,” Ms Middleton said of the competition. 

“I would suggest that people Google Museum Selfie Day and see what people have done in the past to get some inspiration.”

To enter the competition, people need to post their selfie with the hashtag #MuseumSelfieBathurst on the council's Facebook or Instagram pages.

In addition to Museum Selfie Day, there will be other opportunities during the week to explore what museums have to offer.

The fossil museum is running Unearthed Week, featuring five days of themed activities at the facility. 

It will start with Mineral Monday and continue with T-Rex Tuesday, Dynamic Earth Day on Thursday and Fossil Friday.

These days will feature talks and activities, including child-friendly ones, relevant to the themes. The activities are free with museum entry.

Public programs officer Penny Packham said the museum had held big theme days, but never a full week. 

She said the school holidays were a perfect time to trial the museum’s first themed week.

“People come from all over the state to see our museum and it is spectacular to be able to offer these different activities to them,” she said.