MUSEUMS in the Tamworth region have reopened just in time for the July school holidays.
Tamworth's Powerstation Museum is doing private tours which must be booked, but the famed Rail Journeys Museum and Australian Railway Monument in nearby Werris Creek reopened its doors to the public on Monday morning.
The town, about 40 minutes outside Tamworth, holds a "special" part in the railway history of NSW.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council mayor Andrew Hope said volunteers work hard to make sure displays are always interesting.
"Constant upgrades and new displays provide visitors with a reason to come back again and again," he said.
"The latest addition is a model railway showing Werris Creek in its railway heydays."
Although the museum opened with restricted hours, it's operational all weekend.
It is open between 11:30am and 3:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Cr Hope said he hopes having the museum open to the public again will reignite tourism and bring visitors to Werris Creek.
"The COVID19 shutdowns have badly impacted local businesses and their easing will again see visitors able to come to town, enjoy Werris Creek's friendly atmosphere and railway history, and once again inject much needed funds into the local economy," he said.
Entry to the Rail Journeys Museum is by donation and all funds go towards upgrading and maintaining the museum.
Small groups can book an appointment to view the museum at other times.
Tamworth's Powerstation Museum reopened last week by appointment only, after closing in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A spokesperson from Tamworth Regional Council confirmed there are no plans to return to normal trading hours because some of the volunteers who work at the museum are deemed to be in the COVID-19 risk category.
Appointments can be made by calling 6767 5248.