About the Museum

Hawkesbury Regional Museum is located in one of our country’s oldest settlements - the third on mainland Australia after Sydney and Parramatta. Museum entry is free, with a small fee for group guided tours.

Here you can see things you won’t find anywhere else, from the celestial globe that belonged to John Tebbutt, an internationally-renowned astronomer who lived his whole life in the Hawkesbury, to the diary kept by a member of HMAS Hawkesbury during World War II and recording the Japanese surrender. Not to mention that uniquely Hawkesbury creation, the Flabbit.

The Museum is made up of a purpose-built building and historic Howe House. This Georgian house has been fitted out with furnishings and displays that reflect its many uses over more than 200 years of history. It is open for guided tours at 11am and 2pm on weekends, and during the week for booked groups.

Since opening in 2008, the Hawkesbury Regional Museum has received a number of awards:

  • NSW Government Volunteer Heritage Award (2008)
  • Local Government award for best Cultural Infrastructure (2009)
  • Greater Sydney Tourism Award for best cultural and heritage attraction, (2010 and 2011)
  • IMAGEine Award (highly commended) for Collection Management (2011)
  • Finalist, cultural and heritage, NSW Tourism Awards (2011)
  • Greater Sydney Tourism Highly Commended Award for cultural and heritage attraction, (2012)
  • IMAGinE award for Best Exhibition (Exhibition Projects - Museums; 3-10 Paid Staff) 2015

Click PDF for the a history of the Museum site.
Museum Site History (671 KB)

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