Cobb & Co Museum, Toowoomba | REVIEWED
On a recent trip to visit my parents in Toowoomba, I decided it was time to introduce my two year old and my five year old to some local history at Cobb & Co Museum.
It had been years since I’d last walked through the national carriage collection. I was also aware that the Museum had recently expanded to include an operational workshops area, where the public could participate in hands on trades of old such as leather-crafting, blacksmithing, stonemasonry and felting. I was pretty excited to check the new space out and invited a friend to join us.
We arrived early and easily got a carpark directly in front of the main door. I was pleasantly surprised to see a number of children with parents and grandparents waiting for the doors to open; all of them excited about a day at the museum. There was a wonderful vibe of anticipation.
When the doors opened at 10am the children excitedly rushed in. After paying our admission fee, the museum staff kindly handed over a map and explained the various exhibitions; informing us that there was a silversmithing workshop running that we could observe. So, with great excitement, the four of us headed off.
The exhibition spaces had changed enormously since I’d last visited and I was amazed at how interactive the exhibitions had become. There was a new science space—‘The Energy for Life Centre’—which my two didn’t want to leave! We were in there for over an hour peddling bikes, playing with gears and building marble towers, all the while learning about how we store and use energy. It was so much fun!
From here we moved onto the ‘Coach Stop Play’ area, an indoor play space with full size replica horse ‘Stocks’, a Cobb & Co coach replica, an olden days grocery store and a tree hideout to escape to and read. Donning a grocery store apron, clip board and pencil, my little girl proceeded to fill everyone’s shopping orders for the day. The best part was when a group of seniors walked past and thought she was so cute that they played along with her and ordered items from the store. They then started telling her stories about what it was like in the olden days when they were little girls and what they used to buy from the shops. This was the most precious part of my day out—seeing history come alive for my little girl.
By this stage we’d been at the museum for over three hours. The children were so tired that we didn’t even get to the main exhibition, which is the carriage collection. We grabbed a bite to eat from the museum café before leaving.
As we headed to the car, my little girl turned to me and asked – ‘Can we come to the museum every time we visit Grandma?’ My response was – ‘Maybe not every time, but we can definitely come again. Would you like that?’ To which she replied – ‘That would be awesome Mummy’.
Yep, I agree, it would be awesome.
Cobb & Co Museum is located at 27 Lindsay Street in Toowoomba.
The city of Toowoomba also makes a wonderful day trip destination from Brisbane.
Cobb & Co Museum is open from 9.30 am to 4pm daily (30 minute guided tours are conducted at 10:30am daily – free with admission). The museum is closed on Good Friday, ANZAC Day, and Christmas Day.
Admission to Cobb & Co Museum is free for Toowoomba Regional City Council residents. For non-residents, the following admission fees apply (current as at December 2013) –
Adult = $12.50 | Concession = $10.00 | Child (3-14 years) = $6.50 | Child (under 3 years) = Free | Carers (upon presentation of carers id) = Free | Family (1 adult and up to 3 children) = $25.00 | Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) = $32.00 | The Workshops Rail Museum member’s get 10% Discount.
For more information on the Cobb & Co Museum, please visit www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au