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.
QBN Museum is open Sunday afternoons 1 – 4pm
Admission is FREE – but donations are most welcome
Openings are subject to our hard working volunteers availability but if you would like to assist us with the museum you can join our volunteer team with training coming up this January 22
Queanbeyan Museum watercolour by Girish Torasker
Volunteer Openers Training — Sunday 22 January 1pm
- Come along and learn how to welcome visitors to your local Museum.
- Our Museum is a valuable resource to showcase Queanbeyan’s history.
- We need volunteers to extend Museum opening hours after Covid 19
so the Museum can be enjoyed by more people
- If you are interested in this Training please contact our President John McGlynn on (02) 6297 2730 if unanswered please leave a message including your phone number so that we can return your call or email email@example.com
History of the building
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.
The building and its site is owned by the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council
For more information on our historic Museum building please follow the link button below
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 Sunday 1-4 and other times by appointment. Closed over Easter and extended Christmas holidays.
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 Sunday