Please contact the Museum during open hours for more information of What's On.

Phone (02) 6330 8455

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am – 4pm

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 2pm


16th August, Friday, Theo Barker Memorial Lecture in the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre at 6pm for a 6:30pm commencement. Barbara Hickson will deliver her lecture titled “Let’s Do Heritage Differently.” 22 years’ experience in heritage management leads me to believe there may be many things, large and small , that we might do differently - more inclusive, more informed, less adversarial, less negative … or it might be time to throw the baby out, bath and all. Let’s explore the options for making heritage management a winner for all concerned.

Barbara has lived in Mudgee and worked as an architect for 40 years and heritage adviser for the past 25 years. As a heritage adviser she has worked for 13 different NSW councils, but especially for Bathurst for 22 years. Travelling throughout the west and north-west, Barbara has experienced the full range of heritage problems, and in the process has won several National Trust awards including The Cathy Donnelly award in 2007. She has also won other New South Wales awards for work on the Cobb & Co heritage trail and for cemetery interpretation and has authored three books on cemeteries. Barbara still has a small local architectural practice in Mudgee which is primarily residential, and works on heritage matters.

Sunday 18 August - Sunday - Visit Old Government Cottage at 16 Stanley Street which is open from 12 noon to 4pm. See the new Snapshots of Bathurst display as well as the PowerPoint presentation of early Bathurst images which give a fascinating insight into the early years of Bathurst after photography developed in the 1870s and later. A timeline photo presentation is laid out to allow visitors to more logically see the development of Bathurst and surrounding area and how the Europeans crossed the Blue Mountains, how the road was built by Cox, along with aspects of the convict settlement. Whilst the exact date of the building still defies researchers it could be as early as 1825 or 1827 or the 1850s. All scenarios are laid out to see. See the mid-Victorian garden.

19th September - Muster – Bruce Ryan and John Telfer - ‘Bathurst is still Remembering’ – ‘Bathurst Remembers’ project co-ordinator Bruce Ryan has been capturing community highlights in our city for years and along with his assistant John will speak on some aspects of the programme. These champion’s current challenge is to get the movies onto the internet. Some historic occasion’s images will complement their talk. Monthly Musters are held at the Uniting Church Activities Hall (between the church and the 1837 Hall) in William Street, opposite Machattie Park. Musters are open to the public with a 7.30pm start.

30th September and 1st October Monday – Tuesday and 10th and 11th October Thursday – Friday - SCHOOL HOLIDAY JUNIOR LAPIDARY WORKSHOP presented by the Bathurst Stamp, Coin, Collectables & Lapidary Club Inc. Lapidary is the cutting and polishing of minerals, gemstones and rocks to be used for jewellery or display. Learn the skills of cutting and polishing minerals and rocks in a 2-day workshop, with the possibility to set polished stones - all materials and instruction provided. Venue: Old Fire Shed – Park Street, Eglinton (next to Tennis Courts), Minimum Age - 7 years old. Cost - $30.00 – includes Junior membership of the Club ($5) and $25 to cover materials etc. Times - Starts 9.00 am – finish approx. 3.00 pm on each day. Bring your own lunch, with morning tea provided. Wear enclosed shoes (joggers). Numbers limited - 6 per workshop for safety reasons, so get your name down early! Pre-payment required for registration to be confirmed. CONTACT: Paul Martensz 63321017 or 0427 896 945 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Registration and Payment details.

PLEASE KEEP THE DATES FOR 2020

‘Bathurst Remembers World War 2 Exhibition 2020’
Marking VP Day and 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII.

Bathurst is hosting the largest exhibition of its type in country New South Wales to honour the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War Two. It will be held in a year’s time in the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre from Friday 14th to Monday 17th August 2020. See details below.

DO YOU HAVE AN ACTUAL PHOTO OF A RELATIVE WHO FOUGHT IN WW2 WHO WAS BORN IN BATHURST OR DISTRICT, WAS TRAINED AT THE ARMY CAMP OR AROUND HERE, CAME BACK HERE AFTER THE WAR? IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET THEIR PHOTO ON THE ‘WW2 WALL OF HONOUR’ CONTACT ME BELOW.

VP Weekend 2020 – Open to Public - Friday 14th, Saturday 15th – VP Day, Sunday 16th and Monday 17th August 2020. Opening hours 9am to 5pm.

This is a World War Two exhibition which will consist of “Snapshots of World War 2” - 500 enlarged photos – battlefields, training, home front, etc., and “Wall of Valour - World War 2 Servicemen and Women with an association with Bathurst who enlisted and served” - 100 enlarged photos.

Plus some 2,000 military and WW2 memorabilia items and old wartime newsreels from guest exhibitors.

There will be other activities by the Bathurst RSL Sub Branch, Bathurst Regional Council and others over the four days. As well there will be visiting pupils and students from local Bathurst and district schools.

For further details or to get your photo scanned please contact the exhibition curator ASAP contact - Alan McRae 02 63315404 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.