Big day out for the Museum

04 August 2014

The Workshops Rail Museum is ready to roll for their biggest day of the year when they welcome the community for Ipswich Open Day, Sunday 17 August.

Director of the Museum Andrew Moritz said by collaborating with the Ipswich City Council the event is free for residents of Ipswich to enjoy the iconic tourist attraction that's steeped in rich history of the community.

"This is a great opportunity for the people of Ipswich to explore an element of their city's heritage while having a fun family day out," said Mr Moritz.

"Many residents have family connections to the Ipswich Workshops, and this day allows them to experience family history by getting a sense for what working life was like in the past.

"It also allows them to see their Museum, enjoy the hands on exhibits and absorb the history, as we wouldn't be the tourist attraction that we are without the support of the local community and we're humbled to tell their story.

"Young ones can let off some steam in the Nippers indoor playground or try out the Life Be In It outdoor activities, and keep busy with craft.

"As part of the event we enjoy welcoming back past workers of the site for a reunion. Besides giving them an opportunity to reminisce with old workmates, they're great at painting a picture of what life was like back in the day and how it’s changed over the years."

In addition visitors can meet and greet Ipswich tourism providers to find out what experiences and events are available throughout the year locally.

It is also the last chance for visitors to see the world of rail captured in striking images in the Trainspotting and Three Foot Six photographic display.

Entry is free for past and present Queensland Rail employees and Ipswich residents. Proof of residency is required and may include drivers licence or rates notice. Admission charges apply for non-Ipswich residents. Non-Ipswich residents receive 50% off normal entry when accompanied by an Ipswich resident.

For more information on entry or steam train ticket prices, contact The Workshops Rail Museum on (07) 3432 5100 or visit theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.

The Workshops Rail Museum, part of the Queensland Museum Network, is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage & Cultural Tourism.