The Old School Museum is a heritage-listed stone building dating from 1873.
The collection consists of objects and photographs that combine to tell the stories of Merimbula, Pambula and the surrounding area. Various local industries are represented such as dairying, goldmining, oyster farming, fishing and forestry.
The most significant objects on display are a writing desk once belonging to Syms Covington, who was Darwin’s assistant on The Beagle who settled in Pambula, an ambrotype of four mutineers from the American whaling ship, Junior, and medals awarded to the Maizena cornflour mill.
Merimbula began as grazing land for the Imlay brothers and was later developed by the Munn family whose wealth was created around the Maizena cornflour mill. Merimbula became significant as a port when steamships travelled down the coast from Sydney.
Members of the Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society manage the museum and mount annual displays to celebrate Heritage Festival and History Week.