'Gladiator' to go on display at Nymboida

COFFS Coast superstar Russell Crowe is hoping to be on hand to open the Museum of Interesting Things at the Nymboida Coaching Station Inn on Saturday.

Crowe has donated costumes from two his most famous movies - the Hollywood blockbusters Gladiator and Master and Commander - for display at the museum.

The new museum, housed in the old barn at the famous coaching inn, will display a diverse variety of exhibits from coaches of yesteryear, motorcycles and race cars, and various displays on local history.

“The Museum of Interesting Things will be a huge boost for the local tourism industry,” curator Bruno de Oliva said.

“The museum building was originally a barn where bullock teams would stop overnight when transporting goods across the region. It is quite fitting that it is being used to showcase some of Nymboida's history for all to enjoy.”

The centrepiece of the collection will be the replica of the giant “Leviathan” stage coach, originally built in 1859.

This was the largest horse-drawn Cobb and Co Coach ever built and ran between Ballarat and Geelong from 1859 to 1863, carrying up to 100 passengers and being drawn by as many as 22 horses.

The replica coach on display was originally built for the 1980s Australian film The Right Hand Man and has now come to Nymboida to rest.

With the help of locals, Grafton Sporting Car Club and the Clarence River Historical Society, displays will be changed to make repeat visits as eventful as the first time one visits the beautiful Nymboida village on the picturesque Nymboida River.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.50 for children (under 12) $12.00 for a family of 4 and $3.00 for pensioners and students, children under five free.

Group bookings and guided tours available on request.

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