PEOPLE of all ages are encouraged to get creative and celebrate Bathurst's museums on International Museum Selfie Day.
This will be the third year in a row that Bathurst Regional Council has participated in the worldwide event, which aims to get more people into museums.
Bathurst's deputy mayor Bobby Bourke said members of the public can visit a number of museums free of charge on Wednesday as part of the day.
The participating venues this year are Chifley Home, the National Motor Racing Museum, Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, and the Bathurst District Historical Society Museum.
Of all the venues, the fossil museum has proven itself to be the favourite.
“It's hard to do better than a selfie with a T-Rex which has made the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum the most popular selfie day venue since Bathurst started celebrating the day two years ago,” Cr Bourke said.
“But Selfie Day gives local people a chance to have a preview of the extraordinary collections, exhibitions and stories told in the Bathurst art gallery and museums.
“It is also an opportunity for locals people to have a glimpse at the museums or gallery they may not have thought to visit, or to revisit their favourites.”
As has been the case in previous years, council is running a competition that is searching for the best and most creative selfie on the day.
To enter, people need to post their selfie on Facebook or Instagram with the #MuseumSelfieBathurst hashtag.
The person who posts the most imaginative photo will receive a $100 Bathurst Buy Local gift card.
Cr Bourke said Selfie Day was a great initiative to raise awareness about all the different facilities in Bathurst and council was pleased to support it.
“Last year over 1700 people visited Bathurst's Museums and it's a worthwhile event to increase visitation in a fun and creative way,” he said.