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Monday - Saturday
9.30am to 4.30pm

Exhibitions

Recollections and Reflections


Recollections and Reflections features original artworks, photographs and objects illustrating historic and contemporary landscapes across the Port Macquarie-Hastings region.  The exhibition explores our relationship with the landscape and the creative depiction of the environment by local and visiting artists and photographers.  


Annabella


Annabella  is a temporary  exhibition of Annabella Boswell's papers including correspondence, journals, drawings and paintings. The papers have recently been inscribed to the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World. Annabella's writings and artwork give a rare insight into life at Port Macquarie during the 1840s from the perspective of a young woman.  


Comings and Goings


Comings and Goings is an exhibition exploring life’s milestones and how these are celebrated and remembered. Featuring christening, bridal and mourning keepsakes, photographs and garments the exhibition examines how we mark the significant events in our lives. 


Timber!


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.  


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.


Innes -The Man and his Mansion


This permanent exhibition features a scale model of Lake Innes House, Port Macquarie’s once prestigious home built between 1830 and 1843 by Archibald Clunes Innes. Objects from the house and family give an insight into life at the once grand colonial estate.


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.