The Port Macquarie Beginnings Exhibition provides an introduction to Port Macquarie's first settlers The Birpai people and British settlement as a penal colony for secondary offenders in 1821.
Port Macquarie Beginnings Exhibition
The museum has an extensive costume collection dating from the 1840s and a signficant collection of women's domestic arts and craft.
Our heritage gallery features temporary exhibition.
The award-winning Port Macquarie Museum is conveniently located in the Port Macquarie CBD.
The museum, its collection and themed displays reveal the stories of Port Macquarie’s rich and unique history and heritage. From the first settlers the Birpai people, British settlement in 1821 through to Port Macquarie’s contemporary history as a tourist resort and sea-change town
The nationally significant collection includes a Raphael Clint sundial associated with the Port Macquarie penal settlement, a Wedgwood toilet bowl from Lake Innes House, a sugar crushing mill used to process sugar crops grown along the Hastings River, and Lionel Lindsay’s watercolours of Port Macquarie in the early 1900s.
The Port Macquarie Museum is featured in our collaborative project Our Rivers – Our History involving seven museums on the Mid North Coast from the Manning Valley to the Macleay.
The Our Rivers – Our History website seeks to showcase some of the most significant objects held in our museums relating to our rivers and coastal waters which are such an integral part of our history.