Yamba Museum – The Story House


About

The award-winning Yamba Museum, operated by the Port of Yamba Historical Society, is located within the heart of Yamba.

The museum, its displays and collection are evidence of the settlement of Yamba, and clearly document its strong maritime history and the importance of the mighty River Clarence to this area.

The local Yaegl people have their own stories about the creation of this river but Matthew Flinders managed to miss the mighty Clarence River, mistaking the many shoals at the entrance for a bay rather than a river mouth. These were once treacherous waters and can still be dangerous, which is why the first white man to settle in Yamba was the Pilot, Francis Freeburn who initially lived in a tent on top of Pilot Hill.

Find out more about Francis Freeburn, some tragic shipwrecks and daring rescues during your visit to the museum. Other displays of interest include:

How to train a river – a display recently updated to help mark the sesquicentenary of the Port of Yamba and its Breakwaters.

Fishing – is still an important industry and recreational activity around Yamba – you will find vintage reels, rods, & Billy Black’s dinghy.

Riverboats – examine models of steam and sail ships that navigated these waters.

Surfing culture and Surf Life Saving in Yamba and Angourie – exclaim over the shark-bitten surfboard!

Holidays in Yamba – learn how Yamba became a popular spot for holidaymakers. 

Even when the Museum is closed you can still access the Mobile History Tour of Yamba by scanning a QR code available on our website, on stickers in the windows of local shops or on free postcards at local caravan parks and tourist information centres.

Contact

(02) 6646 1399
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Entry Fees

Admission:
Adult $3.00 (+ extra small charge for special exhibitions)
Children Free

Group Tours and School Visits
Fee $3.00 entry
Fee $8.00 (if morning and afternoon tea is required, this includes entry fee)


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Getting There
River Street
Yamba

Opening Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Closed every Monday and Friday

Sunday, Saturday
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm


Yamba Museum Publications

The Yamba Museum has a range of interesting publications available for purchase such as,

Yamba Yesterday" $25.00

"From Clarence River Heads to Yamba" $15.00

"Riverboats of the Clarence River" $30.00

"River of Isles and memories - memoirs of Captain Alexander McFarlane (1869-1959)" $20.00

"There is no glory in war - Gallipoli diary and poems of Alex McQueen (1878-1968)" $20.00