Built in 1905, the Courthouse and associated buildings house the Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society and Heritage Museum.
Back in the Bay in the Day
Mid 20C entertainment display with ‘dress up area’ and vintage film clips.
Lest we forget - permanent collection
The Museum has a large collection of militaria, covering a range of conflicts in which Australia has made a major contribution during the past 125 years.
Video demonstrates construction of this local stringybark canoe. Vessel on permanent loan from Batemans Bay Aboriginal Land Council.
Maritime and Timber Industry Displays
This large exhibit explores the impact of shipbuilding and the timber industry in Batemans Bay and along the banks of the Clyde River.
The Hospital Room
Vintage mothercraft, medical, dental and optical equipment
Batemans Bay Heritage Museum is owned and operated by dedicated volunteers. Sited on the edge of the CBD, next to the town’s Water Gardens, this heritage listed former Courthouse, Police Station and Residence is a well maintained visitor-friendly attraction, offering a broad mix of permanent, temporary and travelling exhibitions. Outbuildings contain specialist displays including timber-town history, and south coast NSW Geology.
Local Elder Les Simon provides a Welcome to Country in Dhurga language, just one of many audio-visuals and hands-on opportunities to explore local history. Each room tells a different but related story of the Bay’s development including aboriginal heritage, medicine, education, crime and punishment, military history, domestic arrangements and 1940s-1960s entertainment with dress-up area.
There is a dedicated kids’ space and reading room, archival resources, visitor computer kiosk, and a fund-raising quality 2nd hand bookshop.
Exhibits and toilet facilities are disability friendly.
We recommend that you allow at least one hour for your visit.
The Batemans Bay Heritage Museum is approximately three and a half hours from Sydney by road, or two and a half from Canberra.