INTERNATIONAL Museum Selfie Day resulted in around 1500 visits to the city’s museums and gallery, many of which would not have occurred without the initiative.
On Wednesday, members of the public were offered free entry to Chifley Home, the National Motor Racing Museum, Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, and the Bathurst District Historical Society Museum.
They could explore the collections and document their visit with a selfie.
Bathurst Regional Council’s audience engagement officer, Penny Packham, said she was still collating statistics from the day, but the data was promising.
Around 80 to 90 per cent of the patrons were locals and most people said they had come to a particular museum because it was Selfie Day.
“A lot of people who had never been to the museums before had come, so that was a really good outcome,” Ms Packham said.
For return visitors, they got to see different collections that had come to some facilities only recently.
Ms Packham said the collection had changed a lot at the National Motor Racing Museum, while the art gallery had only opened its exhibition, Curiouser and Curiouser, in mid December.
Given the way that engagement with the museums and gallery grows on Selfie Day, it’s an initiative council looks forward to supporting further.
“The feedback we had from everyone was really positive,” Ms Packham said.
Council now has the task of looking at all the selfies taken on the day and picking the best to win a prize.