History & Culture
The Alpine Region has a wealth of culture and history which can be shared by visitors through a network of museums, galleries and public art installations.
At Delegate a visit to the Early Settlers Hut will see you immersed in the history of the early pioneers. The Hut is believed to be the first European dwelling on the Monaro. The History Museum at Delegate gives you a glimpse into the proud history of this unique village while the Bundian Way and Borderline Galleries share the history and culture of the region through the artist’s eye.
In Bombala the Railway Precinct traces both the social and economic development of the town. A self-guided walk takes you around the Railway land, static displays set up by Bombala Historical Engine and Machinery Society and Friends of Bombala Railway give an understanding of how people lived and worked in the early 1900s and also the important role the railway played in developing the southern end of the Alpine region.
The Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre at Cooma and the Snowy Scheme Museum at Adaminaby give visitors a great insight into what is arguably Australia’s greatest engineering feat to date. While in Cooma, a visit to the NSW Corrective Services Museum gives an insight into the History of NSW Corrections since 1788. It contains information, displays and artefacts from convict days to the present.
Cooma’s Raglan Gallery, Monaro Art Group’s Little Gallery and Monaro Wood Works share the creative side of the local community as do the Art Galleries at Berridale and Jindabyne.
Public art installations, often the work of local artists, are a feature of nearly every town or village across the Alpine Region and nearly every town or village has a town walk which traces its special history.