At the Queanbeyan Museum we tell the stories of our region and the people who lived here in the days before Australia became an independent nation, right up until the present day.
On the 24th November 1879, Theo Cooper was born.
He went on to become a prominent Queanbeyan citizen and avid amateur photographer. In celebration of Theo’s 142nd birthday, QPRC and the Queanbeyan Museum are releasing online a joint production video of his photographic work.
Queanbeyan Museum has Re-opened Sunday afternoons 1 – 4pm
Openings are subject to our hard working volunteers availability
Not open for Christmas, Easter or Public Holidays
Admission is FREE – however donations are most welcome.
If you wish to visit outside these hours, contact John or Kerrie on (02) 6297 2730
if unanswered please leave a message including your phone number so that we can return your call.
The Queanbeyan Historical Museum is located in the historic The Old Police Sergeant’s Residence 10 Farrer Pl, Queanbeyan. Built in 1876, this building replaced the former police barracks in Antill Street and served as the Police Sergeant’s Residence for close to 100 years. It was constructed by John Kealman, a well-known local builder, at a cost of £1,000. The bricks for the building, laid in English bond, were made by John Kealman at his own brickworks in nearby Garryowen. This is the residential area directly across from Queanbeyan Park, bordering on Campbell Street. The building is a good example of the Victorian Regency style of the late 19th Century and originally formed part of a complex of official Government buildings, including the courthouse and post office, since replaced by more modern buildings. The rear section of the building, the kitchens, were constructed around 1910. These later became quarters for the local detectives. The lean-tos on either side were added in the late 1950s.
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Telephone: 02 6169 6213 during opening hours 1pm-4pm Sunday (not Easter and Christmas holidays.
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The Museum has a strong focus on the history of Queanbeyan and surrounding district, with a broad collection of over 3,500 items that includes furniture, textiles, technological objects, costumes, pictures, maps, objects, and photographs. There is currently an active programme of changing exhibitions with regular opening hours and regular events.
Take the journey with us:
The Museum’s 10 galleries and extensive outdoor areas allow visitors to explore topics like:
The Ngambri people before Europeans arrived
How did Queanbeyan develop?
Bushrangers and Larrikins
Stories From a Country Town – Queanbeyan during WW1 1914-1918
The Wash House – cleaning our clothes and ourselves
See an original Both Iron Lung used in Queanbeyan during the 1950s poliomyelitis epidemic;
See William Farrer’s parlour piano;
See a magnificent 30 metre mural of late 19th century Queanbeyan.
The Museum hosts regular events with an historical theme.
Where are we?
Queanbeyan Museum, 10 Farrer Pl, Queanbeyan NSW
Open Saturday and Sunday 1-4 and other times by appointment.
The Museum was opened by the Queanbeyan & District Historical Museum Society Inc. in 1969. It is currently operated by the Society in partnership with the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council.
The Society meets regularly and publishes an historical journal, Quinbean.
For further information about the Museum or the Society contact:
Post: The Secretary QDHMS, P.O. Box 480 QUEANBEYAN NSW 2620
Tel: 02 6169 6213 during opening hours 1-4 Saturday and Sunday