As the historical centrepiece of the Maroochy region, The Nambour Museum is a real little gem. This treasure trove of historic memorabilia is a credit to the dedication of a group of passionate volunteers who have put so much time & energy into keeping the history of the area alive for future generations.
Behind the unassuming street facade is a fascinating array of displays housed in a number of rooms in one of Nambour’s oldest buildings. Originally the Nambour State School, built in 1908, the Museum now has something of interest for everyone. Men gravitate towards the military displays, which include spaces devoted to the Pacific War, WW2 & a room devoted to locals involved in wars. An extensive Scout display is also on show with the collection dating back to 1909 when the 1st Nambour Scouts got together—only a year after Baden Powell formed the Scout movement!
The tool displays take you back to another era & there’s even the complete contents of Bill Potter’s boot mending business! Women will love the fashion displays including beautiful vintage bridal gowns, jewellery, lingerie, handbags, hats & shoes. There is a complete kitchen & laundry that will have you reminiscing & your kids or grandkids laughing!
The old school display is a real hit with school tour groups & the Nambour Hospital display reminds us how things have changed over the decades with regard to health care, medical procedures & surgery. Since the Moreton Sugar Mill’s closure, the Museum has recreated the Board Room, complete with the original wood panelling, tables, chairs & photos. In the Museum’s backyard, volunteers have laid tram tracks for the Mill’s locomotive display & even the Engineer’s Hut is here that was also saved when the Mill closed.
The Museum is open every Wed & Sat 1pm to 4pm, but will open anytime for group tours, so call 5441 2083 & arrange a tour for your school, club, organisation, Retirement Village or bus tour group. Entry is only $3 for adults or $1 for children. Locally published books are also on sale. The museum brings back memories of a bygone era; your kids or grandkids won’t believe their eye-pods! For a trip down memory lane or a history lesson on the Coast’s humble beginnings, you can’t beat this wonderful collection of local folklore. Step back to a simpler time…there’s nothing else like it on the Sunshine Coast.
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The Museum is open to the public every Wednesday and Saturday between 1pm and 4pm. At other times, access may be arranged for group visitors such as retirement villages, schools and bus tour operators.
Appointments may be made by calling 07 5441 1831 or 07 5441 2083.