Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School Of Arts Tenterfield

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 is situated in the 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 and 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. Check the website or Facebook page for what's on!

Nearby events

  1. Tenterfield Farmers' Markets

    Saturday 23 March 2019 to Saturday 30 November 2019 , Tenterfield

    Fresh and Locally Grown or Made. Come along to the first Tenterfield Farmers Market. Produce including artisan breads, silversmith jewellrey, leafy greens, vegetables, jams, preserves, home baked goods, goats milk soap, free range eggs,…

    23 Mar - 30 Nov
  2. Banjo

    Wednesday 27 March 2019 , Tenterfield

    An exhilarating ride of Contemporary Dance, the music of Coldplay and the spoken word of A.B ‘Banjo’ Paterson. This production is like no other. Banjo brilliantly intertwines the life of Banjo Paterson through arrangements of Coldplay’s…

    27 Mar
  3. Oracles of The Bush

    Event dates to be confirmed: April 2019 , Tenterfield

    ***Latest event details are yet to be confirmed*** Oracles of the Bush is an annual event celebrating Australian bush poetry, music and art. This event boasts among the highest prize money for any bush poetry competition in the country…