About the museum

About the Museum


The Bundaberg Museum's collection has progressed from being housed at "Normanby House", which was the home of the President, Mrs. Agnes Baker M.B.E. in 1967 to where it is today, in the Botanic Gardens and Historical Attractions Complex.

The Museum collection took up occupancy in June 1970 of the former Technical Education building (demolished in 1977 to build a rear car park) situated behind the School of Arts building. The Museum stayed on these premises until the Bundaberg & District Historical & Museum Society was formed in October 1976. They were granted the use of the top floor of the School of Arts building. Bundaberg City Council took over ownership of the School of Arts building in 1979 and allowed the Museum to stay. The Bundaberg & District Historical & Museum Society became an Incorporated body in 1984.

17th April 1986 the News Mail published plans by the Bundaberg City council to construct a building in the Botanic Gardens to house the Museum, as a bi-centennial project.

On 30th September 1988 the Museum closed its doors for the final time at the School of Arts, to allow time to pack and prepare the artefacts for removal to their new building and home located in the Botanic Gardens, North Bundaberg. The Bundaberg City Council and the Bundaberg sugar Company sponsored the Museum's opening celebrations. They were held on 20th November 1988 to coincide and commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Declaration of Bundaberg as a city and also the Centenary of the Bundaberg Distilling Company.  


A Short History of the Bundaberg & District Historical & Museum society Incorporated