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Coffs Harbour Regional Museum

The Coffs Harbour Regional Museum is open to the public. 

Covid-19 social distancing restrictions are still in place to ensure the safety of our staff and customers until further notice. This means the museum is limited to 30 people at a time to allow for 1.5m distancing from others.

The Museum is open:

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm

Find out more on Council facilities, programs and events during COVID-19.

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The Coffs Coast region has a rich and fascinating heritage. From Gumbaynggirr stories of spiritual connection to the land, to the stories of lighthouse keepers, pioneers, timber workers, gold miners and farmers, the Coffs Coast is a place of romance, bravery, adventure​, tragedy, and amazing inventions!

Coffs Harbour Regional Museum aims to bring Coffs Harbour’s history alive by reflecting the social and cultural history of the Coffs Harbour Region. The Museum's primary, but not exclusive emphasis, is on developing collections and exhibitions reflecting the relationships between the region’s residents and the area’s maritime and hinterland waterways.

The Museum’s and Gallery’s collections are now available free-of-charge for study and research in Coffs Collections, the Council’s newest web discovery service. The History Services team continues to digitise and add artworks, artefacts, maps, films, photographs, interviews, and local history documents to Coffs Collections for perusal 24/7, and links to regional content digitised by other agencies.

Our interactive exhibitions and rich displays cater for all ages, including children.

Connect with us on Facebook and sign up to the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum Newsletter for updates on exhibitions, programmes and events.​

Latest Edition of the Museum Newsletter


Call for Expressions of Interest: Community Curators


Could you be a Community Curator?
A Community Curator is someone from the community, who works with the community to bring new stories and points of view into the museum - in exhibitions and the collections.

Coffs Harbour Regional Museum has grant funding to train and employ 10 Community Curators to find stories for the new museum in the Cultural and Civic Space.

Are you curious about our local history and community stories?
Do you have a good eye and ear for a story?
Let’s find the stories that matter.

Find out more about Community Curators and register your interest here.


3D Virtual Museum Tour

Now you can take an online tour of the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum! This exciting new virtual tour allows you to explore the museum room-by-room from the comfort of your home or on your mobile device. You will find our exhibitions and a number of pieces from the collection labelled with links to further information on our Coffs Collections page plus interesting stories on our Heritage blog. Click here to take your virtual tour of the Museum.

 

This 3D virtual tour was created and generously donated by local photographer Toni Fuller.

Museum Events


  
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​The Coffs Harbour Regional Museum offers a changing programme of exhibitions, programs and events to spark your memories and imagination.​ 

Sign up to the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum Newsletter for updates on exhibitions, programs and events.

  

​The Museum's and Gallery's collections are now available free-of-charge for study and research in Coffs Collections, the Council's newest web discovery service. The History Services team continues to digitise and add artworks, artefacts, maps, films, photographs, interviews, and local history documents to Coffs Collections for perusal 24/7, and links to regional content digitised by other agencies. 

  

​Our Stories: Coffs Coast Heritage is a local heritage blog where you can learn about and respond to stories of the events, objects, people and locations in the Coffs Coast region.

  

​Whatever your heritage focus, there are many local and family history groups, indigenous cultural centres, collectors groups and antique businesses who can help you unearth the stories of our past and present.  

Local History Information & Museums

Bellingen - Bellingen Museum 
Bowraville - Bowraville Folk Museum * Frank Partridge VC Military Museum
Coffs Harbour - Coffs Harbour City Library Local Heritage * Coffs Local History - Remember When * Picture Coffs Harbour * Our Stories: Coffs Coast Heritage Blog
Dorrigo - Don Dorrigo & Guy Fawkes Historical Museum * Dorrigo Steam Railway & Museum
Macksville - Mary Boulton Pioneer Cottage & Museum
Nambucca Heads - The Headland Historical Museum
Red Rock - Collection of Red Rock History​
Urunga - Urunga Museum
Woolgoolga - Childhood & Other Memories Woolgoolga * Woolgoolga Heritage Walk

Indigenous Heritage

Coffs Harbour - Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance
Corindi Beach - Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Nambucca Heads - Muurrbay Aboriginal Language & Culture Co-operative

Local History Group

Bellingen - Bellinger Valley Historical Society
Coffs Harbour -Friends of South Solitary Island Lighthouse (FOSSIL)
Dorrigo - Guy Fawkes Historical Society
Sawtell - Sawtell Historical Society - Pam Worland 02 6690 2580

Family History Groups

Coffs Harbour - Coffs Harbour District Family History Society
Family History Websites

​Collectors Groups

Coffs Harbour - Coffs Harbour Collectors Club

Antique Businesses

Coffs Harbour - Olde Memories & Treasures 
Nambucca Heads - Sparkles Antiques & Rare Collectables
Sawtell - Bella Cosa
Woolgoolga - Spindrift 

Heritage Support Organisations & Collections

Museums & Galleries NSW

Museums Galleries Australia

National Trust

Office of Environment & Heritage​

State Archives NSW

Trove

  

Coffs Harbour Regional Museum welcomes visits from school groups wishing to explore our local heritage. Museum staff can conduct tours for school groups at the Museum.

If you would like to arrange a tour, please complete the Expressions of Interest Information form, and we will contact you to discuss the arrangements and finalise the details. The cost is $3.00 per student.

Please note, that we are unable to visit schools for information sessions for the remainder of this year.

  

​Museum staff and volunteers conduct information sessions for pre-booked group visits. The tours will offer insight to the current museum exhibitions. Light refreshments can be included by prior arrangement ($5.00 per person).  If you would like to arrange a tour or visit, please complete the Expressions of Interest Information form, and we will contact you to discuss the arrangements and finalise the details.

  

​The Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, a service of Coffs Harbour City Council, relies on volunteers to support a wide variety of functions within the gallery. If you are interested in joining our valued team of volunteers, please register your interest online.

  

​Fee Description​Quantity​Type​(2019-20)$
​Entry Fee - School Group​1​Person​5.00
​Entry Fee - Community Group ​1​Person​5.00
​Banner Display (at discretion of management)​1​Week​100.00
​Picute Coffs Harbour Digital Image​1​Copy​10.00
​Picture Coffs Harbour CD for Storgae​1​Copy5.00
​Picture Coffs Harbour Handling & Postage​1​Copy​12.00
​Research​1​Hour​60.00

 

Location: 215 Harbour Drive
Open: Tuesday to Saturdays from 10am to 4pm
Phone: 02 6648 4847
Email Us
Mail: Locked Bag 155, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450​
Cost: FREE Entry