18 July 2019
It was a full house for Artwalk 2019. Over 2,000 people visited us during the evening event. The Forest Courtyard with its red and green polka dot lights show was a big hit with the younger visitors, as was Forest the Koala scuplture. The historic film 'Forest Wealth' was projected in the garden area and 'Sixties in the Spotlight' was shown indoors. Artwalk is an initiative of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.
16 April 2019
Our Museum Upgrade Master Plan and Schematic Design project is officially underway. Project consultants met with us today to discuss the design brief and project timelines, and to gain a greater understanding of the museum site, its buildings and the Clarence Street cultural precinct. The project will support investment to upgrade and improve visitor, exhibition and collection facilities.
06 March 2019
We celebrated NSW Women's Week with an interactive lecture titled 'Her Stories' by Museums and Heritage consultant Kylie Winkworth. Several women brought along objects and shared their own stories, or memories of important women in their lives. The event was supported by a 2019 Women's Week grant from NSW Family and Community Services and Port City Bowling Club.
11 February 2019
Where we call home, a collaborative exhibition with Port Macquarie U3A textile and fibre artists, Port Macquarie U3A photography group and Omincare Alliance Creative Connection participants was opened tonight by Leslie Williams, Member for Port Macquarie. The exhibition is supported by a NSW Seniors Festival Grant and runs until 31 March 2019.
View opening video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xNpGa7m9CY
18 January 2019
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has announced funding of $113,965 for our Museum Upgrade Master Plan project from the NSW Government's Regional Cultural Fund. The $152,000 project is also supported by a Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Community Grant and cash and in-kind contributions from the Port Macquarie Historical Society.
16 January 2019
Museum Selfie Day was a big hit with families visiting Port Macquarie for the holidays. Visitors from across Australia and beyond took the opportunity to experience our award winning museum for free and shared photos of their visit with family and friends on social media. #PortMacquarieMuseum. Visitors to Port Macquarie can also experience the museum for free on the first Sunday of each month.
28 October 2018
We took the Museum out of the building and down to Port Macquarie's Town Green on NSW Grandparents Day as part of Port Macquarie's '200 Together' community day celebrations. There were opportunities for families to connect, interact and share. The highlight of the day was our photo booth supported by a Grandparents Day grant from NSW Family and Community Services.
26 September 2018
Port Macquarie Museum is one of many local businesses recognised as actively working towards becoming a dementia-friendly organisation.
The Museum has recently updated its dementia friendly action plan, is progressively making improvements to its facilities, signage and programs and has implemented a dementia awareness program for its volunteers.
12 September 2018
The Port Macquarie Museum is preparing an application to the NSW Regional Cultural Fund for funding to undertake an upgrade master plan project. The Museum's buildings are no longer fit for purpose and are not fully accessible to many members of the community. Read more https://www.portnews.com.au/story/5641340/historical-societys-bold-plan-to-rejuvenate-outdated-museum/
26 July 2018
The Port Macquarie Museum was inducted into the North Coast Regional Tourism Awards Hall of Fame last night! A big thank you to all our volunteer staff who make everything we do possible. We also picked up a Silver in the Cultural Tourism category.
Congratulations also to our partners and collaborators Arts Mid North Coast, Hello Koalas and Forestry Corporation who all won Gold in their categories.
30 May 2018
We have recently completed an update of our Conservation Management Plan. The updated report will guide the management of our State Heritage Register listed building in coming years and inform future upgrades to improve visitor experiences. The project was supported by funds provided by the NSW Government through the Office of Environment and Heritage, The Copland Foundation and Port Macquarie- Hastings Council’s Community Grants program.
18 May 2018
Today was International Museum Day and we celebrated with free museum entry and launched our new free audio guide using the Izi.TRAVEL app. Visitors can now take a voice assisted tour of the museum onsite using their smart phone or tablet, or at any time on the web. Just another way we are reaching and connecting with audiences worldwide and sharing our collections and stories with new publics.
5 April 2018
Postcards Connections, a collaborative exhibition with Port Macquarie U3A textile artists, Lisa Hort, Creative Ageing Practitioner, and Omnicare Respite Centre clients opened tonight. Over 70 people attended the launch with the exhibition officially opened by Leslie Williams, Member for Port Macquarie. The exhibition is supported by a NSW Seniors Festival Grant and is on show until 30 April 2018.
5 October 2017
Port Macquarie Museum is a finalist in the 2017 NSW Tourism Awards - Cultural Tourism category. The category recognises tourism operations that foster a greater understanding and appreciation of authentic culture, history and heritage. Thanks to our team of hard working volunteers who continue to make our Museum a great visitor experience.
22 February 2017
Today we officially thanked Charles Sturt University staff and students for their work on our new window designs showcasing the talents of CSU Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design students and feauring objects from our collection. The project was assisted with a small grant under CSU's community-university partnership rural and regional arts and culture program. Thank You!
14 December 2016
Thanks to a partnership with Charles Sturt University, new window designs showcasing the talents of CSU Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design students and feauring objects from the Museum's collection have been installed. The project was assisted with a small grant under CSU's community-university partnership rural and regional arts and culture program.
7 November 2016
The Forest Courtyard has been officially opened by the Hon. Leslie Williams, MP, Member for Port Macquarie. The Forest Courtyard is an initiative of Forestry Corporation of NSW in partnership with the Port Macquarie Museum and a gift to the local community to celebrate Forestry Corporation's centenary. It is also home to Forest the Koala, part of the award-winning Hello Koala Sculpture Trail.
30 July 2016
The Port Macquarie Museum has won gold in the Cultural Tourism category at the North Coast Destination Network and The Legendary Pacific Coast Tourism Awards for the third consecutive year. Congratulations to our wonderful team of volunteers and a big thank you to all our supporters.
25 July 2016
The Port Macquarie Museum is again a finalist in the 2016 North and The Legendary Pacific Coast Tourism Awards. Thanks to our team of hard working and committed volunteers who have continued to make our Museum such a great place to visit for over 7,000 visitors this past year.
29 June 2016
The Port Macquarie Museum is now one of 19 businesses in Port Macquarie recognised as actively working towards becoming a dementia-friendly organisation.
The Museum has completed a dementia friendly action plan, is progressively making improvements to its facilities and signage, and has implemented a dementia awareness program for staff.
20 June 2016
Port Macquarie Museum together with six other museums from Museums Australia - Mid North Coast Chapter has won a 2016 Museums and Galleries National Award (MAGNA) for the innovative online exhibition Our Rivers Our History. The project was in collaboration with Camden Haven, Kempsey, Mid North Coast Maritime, Tinonee, Wauchope and Wingham Museums.
18 November 2015
The Port Macquarie Museum has won a 2015 Museums and Galleries NSW IMAGinE Award for Waterways - Our Rivers Our History, an innovative online exhibition. The project was in collaboration with Camden Haven, Kempsey, Mid North Coast Maritime, Tinonee, Wauchope and Wingham Museums.
20 October 2015
The Museum launched its new name, logo, brochure and website on Sunday 11 October with a Museum Muster. Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor, Peter Besseling, officiated at the event which attracted over 300 visitors across the day.
Thanks to Port Macquarie - Hastings Council, 48th Regiment of Foot Re-enactment Group, Greta Warner, Wauchope Youth Theatre, Bago Magic, Andre Storer, Amber and Jason Bradshaw, 2Way FM, Rosanna Vanderlay and all our wonderful volunteers.
The Port Macquarie Museum has won gold for the second year in a row at the 2015 North Coast Tourism Awards.
Winning gold in the Cultural Tourism category recognises the extraordinary efforts of our museum’s 60 volunteers and their commitment to providing a quality tourism experience.