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Monday - Saturday
9.30am to 4.30pm



Timber! tells the story of timber-getting, milling and the everyday lives of timber workers in the Hastings. The timber trade is the area’s oldest commercial industry and was once the main source of employment and wealth for the region.  

Relics, Rocks and Remnants

Discover some of Port Macquarie's hidden treasures, best kept secrets and untold stories. Delve into our past, view local archaeology and other relics.

Our Rivers Our History

Revealing stories of our rich river and maritime history. You can explore this award winning online exhibition anytime http://www.oroh.com.au/

World War 1 at Home

Commemorating the Centenary of Anzac, this exhibition tells the stories of local World War I enlistees and the impacts of the war on them, their families and the local community.

Rub a Dub Dub

Inspired by our very own in-ground water tank, this exhibition explores the use of water in local domestic life. Keeping clean was hard work! 

Port Macquarie Beginnings

This permanent exhibition tells the story of Port Macquarie’s beginnings. From the home of the Birpai people, to British discovery in 1818, then settlement as a penal establishment in 1821 through to free settlement from 1830.

Federation Comes to Port

Discover the story of Port Macquarie’s important role in the history of Australia’s Federation. Why is there a statue of Edmund Barton, Australia’s first Prime Minister on Port Macquarie’s Town Green? Visit the exhibition to find out!

Costume Gallery

Inspired by Annabella Boswell’s journals, the costume gallery exhibits many local women’s crafts, textiles and costumes from our significant and extensive collection. Contemporary clothing is also featured.

All Afloat

Port Macquarie has a rich and unique maritime history. All afloat features a snap shot of our many maritime activities and disasters, from the wrecking of Ben Boyd’s yacht The Wanderer in 1851 to regattas on the Hastings River.