Established in the 1896 Hillgrove School building, the Hillgrove Rural Life and Industry Museum is managed by the Armidale Regional Council and is an annexe to the Armidale Folk Museum.
In 1895 Hillgrove was a vibrant gold mining town with six pubs, four churches and a population of over 3000. Hillgrove began to decline after 1900 as the mines ceased to be profitable.
The Hillgrove Museum tells the story of the rise and fall of this once busy place. Discover the lives of the families who called it home and how the miners won wealth from the unforgiving earth deep underground
The museum contains a fascinating collection that provides the visitor a unique insight into everyday life in old Hillgrove.