Land of the Beardies History House Museum & Research Centre

“So much to see… we didn’t realize it was so big… and we had a free cup of tea with staff in a lovely courtyard garden!’ are phrases often heard in our large Folk Museum & Research Centre housed in the former Glen Innes hospital complex.

 We have depictions of former times – an original slab hut, an Iron Lung, shop flying fox, sulkies, manual shearing machine, hand stitched clothes, grocer’s bicycle…in displays of scenes and themes eg  Service Memorial Room…..all very evocative.

 School groups can use quills, slate pencils or ink pens, or learn how to make butter.

 Not only the museum’s vast indoor collection but the historic buildings themselves, dating from 1877 and outdoor items including machinery, engines, tractors, boiling down vat etc., in the parklike grounds are all part of the tapestry of the history of Glen Innes & District.

 Special morning and afternoon teas and lunches can be provided for coaches & groups if booked ahead.

 The Research Centre’s huge resources include copies of the Glen Innes Examiner newspapers (indexed for 115 years from 1874), and handles constant requests for local & family histories. Please try to make an appointment and bring a USB and digital camera.

Book Lists, Archives


There is a range of Glen Innes and New England  books available for purchase, as well as historic photographs and etchings of Glen Innes.

Research Centre

The Research Centre within the complex has vast resources for both local and family historians including extensive card files, maps, photographs, Government Gazettes, the Glen Innes Examiner ( almost a full run in hard copy and microfilm) and this has been indexed from 1874 to 1989, NSW Government Gazettes from 1858 to 1898 likewise indexed.

It is best of you can make an appointment, ring or  email as a member of staff  needs to be here - please bring a USB, digital camera and copies of previous rsearch with you.


Contact & Visit

Land of the Beardies History House Museum & Research Centre
Corner of West Avenue and Ferguson Street
Glen Innes

(02) 6732 1035

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Entry Fees

Adults $10.00
Concessions $6.00
Child gold coin
Student $2.00

Morning & Afternoon teas and lite lunches are on hold until further notice.

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Sunday, Saturday
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Monday - Friday
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Closed on Good Friday, ANZAC Day Morning, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

9:00 am to 4:00 pm
These opening hours for Public Holidays and Long Weekends only