Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (TRG&MOAC) has been voted the fourth best in Australia and in the top one per cent of attractions in the world, according to the online travel website TripAdvisor.
It was also named among TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travellers’ Choice ‘Top 10 Museums – Australia’, and also listed as number eight in the ‘Top 25 Museums – South Pacific’ list.
Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM said it was a great achievement for the Tweed, Council and the town of Murwillumbah, especially as the positive comments from Gallery visitors were unsolicited.
‘Clearly, the Gallery is attracting fantastic numbers of visitors to the region who in turn drive economic development and cultural tourism,’ Ms Muddiman said.
‘I am so pleased that our visitors, especially interstate ones, regard the Gallery and our programs so highly; to be listed in the top five museum destinations in the country, and in the company of such wonderful facilities, is excellent news for us.
‘I am thrilled and it means a lot to the Gallery staff and our hardworking volunteers, Friends and Foundation members, all of whom contribute so much to our success.’
The top three on TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travellers’ Choice ‘Top 10 Museums – Australia’ list were National Gallery of Victoria, MONA and Australian Age of Dinosaurs in Winton.
‘The National Gallery of Victoria is a fantastic venue, then MONA in Tasmania is a privately entity and not government funded. But ahead of Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney, which seems quite bizarre – and a thrill at the same time,’ she said.
Ms Muddiman said the award came after a year of great acclaim for the gallery following the launch of the Margaret Olley Art Centre last year.
Foremost among these was the 2015 Magna award from Museums Australia, which recognises excellent work nationally in the categories of exhibition, public programs and sustainability projects.
‘The award was for a permanent exhibition or gallery fit-out. We were up against the Australian War Memorial, the Shrine of Remembrance, the Mint and the Australian Botanic Gardens. So that was a really major achievement and it was really nice to be acknowledged by our peers for the Margaret Olley Art Centre,’ she said.