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Coffs Harbour Regional Museum

The museum is now open!

Where: 215 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour (old Courthouse building)
Open: Tuesday to Saturdays from 10am to 4pm
Phone: (02) 6648 4847
Cost: $5 per adult. School visits costs to be negotiated per requirements.

Coffs Harbour’s brand new Regional Museum in the Old Courthouse on Harbour Drive is now open to the public.

A formal Opening Ceremony took place on September 18.

The new museum is located on Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour 

The museum has been fortunate to have received grants over the last three years that have helped us to store our valuable photographs. There are nearly 5,000 on Picture Coffs Harbour and there are that many more to go.

Mission Statement

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

Our Vision

To bring Coffs Harbour’s history alive.


The Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, which is owned by Council, relies on volunteers to work in all facets of museum work. We will be recruiting for new volunteers in the near future. If you are interested in joining our hard working and enthusiastic volunteers, please contact the museum on 6648 4848.


Current Exhibitions


Coffs Harbour Regional Museum Honours Local World War I Soldiers

Museum Volunteer Linda Rose has spent much time researching the names on the Museums Honour Boards. This has resulted in a book of images and information for each of the listed soldiers and one Nurse for each of the Honour Boards

This helps contextualise the men and women that went to war for their King and Country. The Boards are from Karangi, Lower Bucca and St Johns Anglican Church and are hanging in our Remembrance Room at the Museum.
There are 4 men that we have been unable to find any information. They are Pvt. A P Miane and J Pearson who were both killed in action. Also J Robinson and Alec Freeman. We know that they survived but we have been unable to find any record of them in any archive.

The Museum would welcome the support of locals in its efforts to honour these citizens who answered the call and enlisted.





Timber and Tools

The Museum has just installed its latest exhibition “Timber and Tools” This installation gives a wonderful look at the early timber industry in Coffs Harbour and Region. There is also a model of the Timmsvale Steam driven timber mill. At the time this was the only steam driven mill in the Southern Hemisphere. A DVD of the Timber Industry by Graham Bell is also on display for information regarding the timber industry and the difficulties endured by the workers.

Please come and visit our wonderful new Museum. Our staff and volunteers are keen to show the public what a wonderful Community museum we have.