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


1st to 13th May - ‘Getting Hitched – 200 years of wedding gowns and paraphernalia’ goes on display at BMEC for 13 days and a great opportunity to see some of the Society’s wonderful textile collection. From the oldest wedding dress in Australia dated 1790 to an outfit worn in 2005, this fabulous exhibition of locally worn historic wedding garments will showcase the Society’s collection of over 400 garments, and is a follow up to the very successful exhibition of 200 years of women’s fashion in Bathurst held in 2015. Not to be missed.

5th and 13th May - Sunday - Old Government Cottage in Stanley Street is open from 12 noon to 4pm. The presentation is laid out as a timeline to allow visitors to more logically see the development of the 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 1826 or 1827 or the 1850s. All scenarios are laid out to see.  A PowerPoint presentation of early Bathurst images have been amalgamated into the exhibit which gives a fascinating insight into the early years of Bathurst after photography developed in the 1870s and later.

12th & 13th May (Saturday & Sunday) - Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail is on again!  The starting point is the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre to pick up an event map and tickets. You can park nearby if you wish and take the free shuttle bus which circulates throughout the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail. Dozens of skilled artisans and craftspeople are involved. Enjoy a showcase of traditional and rare arts and trades, and exhibitions and tours. This major family friendly event is part of our annual Bathurst Heritage Week, and is not to be missed.      SEE  FURTHER  DOWN  PAGE

17th May – (Thursday) Muster – John Judge will inform us on the “Sydney Railway Company to the N.S.W. Government Railways and on an historic train trip from Central to Bathurst.”  In September 1848 a meeting was arranged in Sydney to obtain public support for a railway venture, and issued a prospectus. They formed a committee to arrange for the establishment of “The Australian, Southern and Western Railway Company’ with local committees formed, one being here at Bathurst. In October 1849 the Sydney Railway Company was incorporated but Royal assent wasn’t obtained until January 1851. From these beginnings eventually a massive state-wide rail system emerged.

19th May – Saturday – Join the unveiling at 10am of the George William Evans Campsite Commemorative Pillar and Presentation in Bicentennial Park, followed by walking the Surveyors Walk. The “Footsteps in Time” Commemorative Pillar honours Surveyor and Explorer George William Evans and his field party camping beside the Macquarie River at Jordan Creek on 9th December, 1813. [The actual site is about 300 metres to the north of the Pillar] The Pillar will be unveiled jointly by the Surveyor General, the President ISNSW and the Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council.  At 10.30 am - Commence the Surveyors Walk by crossing to the west side of Stanley Street and walking south to the Flag Staff. Then follow the route in your Surveyors Walk Guide, pausing at each stop for commentary. It is free and open to members of the public.

20th and 27th May - Sunday - Old Government Cottage in Stanley Street is open from 12 noon to 4pm. The presentation is laid out as a timeline to allow visitors to more logically see the development of the 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 1826 or 1827 or the 1850s. All scenarios are laid out to see.  A PowerPoint presentation of early Bathurst images have been amalgamated into the exhibit which gives a fascinating insight into the early years of Bathurst after photography developed in the 1870s and later.

27th May - Sunday - 9.00am - 3.00pm. Bathurst Stamp, Coin, Collectables and Lapidary Club rooms open for any members who want to do lapidary work and practical activities. Visitors and prospective members welcome.