The jewel in the crown of Australia's country music capital is getting a polish, in time for next year's 50th anniversary of the country music festival.
The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame is set to close its doors for a major refurbishment from 4pm on Friday for a number of weeks.
Tamworth Regional Gallery and Museum Director Bridget Guthrie said the plan was to give the building a renovation and refresh to make it ready to take centre stage during the upcoming 50th Tamworth Country Music Festival.
"We have been planning for some time to carry out an exhibition refresh and minor renovations before the 50th festival in January next year," she said.
"Now is clearly the right time to do it because it seems the current wave of COVID-19 in Sydney and Brisbane has led to reduced numbers of visitors stopping off."
The priceless collection of relics of Australian country music history will be refreshed with some reworking of displays and exhibits.
The iconic guitar-shaped building will also undergo some minor renovations.
Australian Country Music Foundation chair Eric Scott said hall of fame volunteers are working behind the scenes to update the museum's displays.
"There is much to add, and much to see - we are looking forward to when the museum's doors reopen to visitors," he said.
The Australian Country Music Foundation gifted the Hall of Fame museum collection to Tamworth Regional Council last year.
Ms Guthrie said the council takes seriously its responsibility to maintain the collection.
"Council was entrusted with the collection gathered over 25 years of work by the volunteers of the Australian Country Music Foundation - part of that was a commitment to preserve and enhance it for future generations," she said.
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