THE Leeton Museum and Gallery has been busily preparing for new exhibitions, as well as giving a nod to the building's history.
With visitors now allowed to return to the museum, it's all systems go at the moment.
Staff are bumping out the Miss Fisher and The Crypt of Tears exhibition, which had been on show since early July.
It will now make way for a new and fascinating solo exhibition from Griffith artist Sharon De Valentin titled Flourish and Decay, which examines the fragility and beauty of the natural environment - from Apiary to Artistry.
Beeswax, oils, ink, fire and hot wax are all elements of Ms De Valentin's work, which will officially open on October 4 through to October 29.
Residents and visitors who have popped into the museum and gallery during the school holidays will have also been treated to a pleasant surprise with the soft opening of the Lands Office Cafe.
Leeton Shire Council's manager cultural services Suesann Vos said the cafe was a nod to the building's history, which was built to provide offices for the Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission at Leeton in 1937.
"It's a social enterprise project ... back in April we got TAFE-funded St Francis and Leeton High School to undertake a basic barista course," she said.
"So, two of them have been volunteering their time during the school holidays to make coffees for our visitors to the museum, as well as supplying little treats. They've been doing all of the setting up, cleaning, serving ... it's been really good.
"We'll now look at making long-term plans for the cafe."
The cafe is located in the heart of the museum and showcases the original lands office desk as the main feature.
Another exciting immersive exhibition coming to the museum at the end of the year is the How Cities Work display from the Museum of Sydney.
This will be one for all ages, including families and children to enjoy as it features a cityscape full of magical, tactile experiences to discover how the city works.
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Peek inside buildings, duck underground, and explore the streets to find out what's going on above your head and beneath your feet.
This exhibition has been developed in collaboration with illustrator James Gulliver Hancock and is adapted from the bestselling book How Cities Work from Lonely Planet Kids.
Mrs Vos said anyone interested in learning how exhibitions are put together at the museum should get in touch as more helpers are always needed, but she said the process was always an interesting one.
Those wanting to volunteer in general at the museum should also pop in and speak to Mrs Vos for more information.
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