The Townsville Museum and Historical Society is located on Barbeler Street in Currajong. It is dedicated solely to preserving and displaying Townsville’s history from the early 1860s.
When you visit there you will journey back to the late 1880s and discover a quaint collection of heritage houses and their stories at the National Trust Heritage Centre.
Townsville Museum & Historical Society is Townsville’s only museum which exclusively preserves, photos and documents related specifically to Townsville.
There are two large exhibition halls displaying artefacts relating to Townsville’s medical, artistic, technological and social history.
Hall 1 showcases businesses and the well-known identities from the past years and Hall 2 explains the social history and development of the town.
As well as its extensive artefact collections, the Museum also owns a large number of photographs and plans of Townsville and a more limited collection of documents and books relating to North Queensland. A recent new acquisition is a journal written by Elizabeth O’Brien, widow of Clifford O’Brien, who was drowned in the sinking of the Yongala off the north Queensland coast in 1911. This journal and Elizabeth’s story is on permanent display in Hall 2.
The permanent displays form the backbone of the exhibits but other temporary displays are created from the museums stored items and are changed every few months.
The museum opens daily from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm and on the first and third Sunday of the month from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
It is run entirely by a team of volunteers who complete all the tasks required to keep the museum running. Such as: guiding visitors, cleaning, office procedures and special events
The museum opens daily from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm and on the first and third Sunday of the month from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. It is managed entirely by volunteers of the Townsville Museum and Historical Society Inc. These volunteers complete all the tasks required to keep the museum running such as guiding visitors, cleaning, office procedures and special events.
Make sure that you experience the extensive collection of artifacts, photographs and building plans of early Townsville buildings, some of which no longer form part of our landscape. The Museum is the memory bank of our past whilst preserving it for future generations to experience and enjoy.
On their webpage is a full breakdown of what you will see.
- Hall One
- Hall Two
The Opening Hours are:
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