Queanbeyan Museum

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.

The Museum is currently only open by appointment.
If you wish to visit us please 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 Police Sergeant’s Residence,
10 Farrer Pl, Queanbeyan, constructed in 1876.

Queanbeyan Museum is open 1-4 most weekends subject to volunteers availability (except for Christmas, Easter and public Holidays).  Admission is Free.

The museum is usually closed for Christmas and New Year. 

Telephone: 02 6169 6213 during opening hours 1pm-4pm Saturdays and Sundays.

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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

Opening Times

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

Email: qbynhmuseum@gmail.com

Tel: 02 6169 6213 during opening hours 1-4 Saturday and Sunday

2 thoughts on “Queanbeyan Museum

  1. Hello I was left a beautiful walnut upright piano, by my neighbour and friend, Mrs Faye Lawrence . The piano had been owned by Mrs Lawrence’s Grandmother and brought from England with her, by ship. T h e family was in Melbourne for a time then came to Qeanbeyan where they settled. Mrs Lawrences mother and and father married and for sometime, they joined the grandmother in playing as a band for weddings and dances and other occasions in Qeanbeyan
    And Hi at the causeway Hall in Canberra. The piano sou l d b e loaded onto the hack of a truck and loaded and unloaded at venues. The family name was Dunshay, a name that is still prominent i n qeanbeyan. The piano is in very good condition, walnut with a steel frame and t hge original brass candle holders, all ebony and ivory keys are in fact. We no longer have room for this lovely gift from my friend and I promised her to first offer it to her family, who do not want it, and then to the museum, before t h e Salvation army. It is a lovely piece and of would bear insp ection. It is a piece of Queanbeyan community history

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