General Recreation and Leisure

Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts

Tenterfield Shire Council

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The Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts include the cinema, theatre, and Sir Henry Parkes Museum. The Library and Courtyard Cafe are also located within the complex.

The Museum is open 9.00am to 4.00pm every day.  

The Cinema has regular movie screenings on Tuesday morning and afternoon, Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, with additional screenings during School Holidays. There is a regular theatre program, and more information is available on the website.

The Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts is a must see for locals and 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 & 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!

The library offers free access ot the internet, free wi-fi, and is named in honour of the Tenterfield Saddler, George Woolnough, grandfather of Peter Allen.


  • FREE for National Trust Members
  • FREE for Tenterfield Shire Ratepayers
  • $7.00 Adults
  • $5.50 Concession
  • $3.50 Child
  • $17.00 Family
  • $7.00 per head for tour groups of 10 or more people (includes guided tour)


  • Adults – $14.00
  • Under 18’s & Concession Card Holders – $10.00
  • Family (4 people) – $40.00 + $8.00 for each additional child

Quick Facts About The Region

Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts is located in the suburb of Tenterfield, the council of Tenterfield and the federal electorate of New England.