Where our stories live!

National Science Week

14 August - until ... as long as you want!

Lots of amazing activities from round the country. Dip in:


Always Was, Always Will Be

Shape of Lane artwork, by Noongar and Saibai Islander man Tyrown Waigana.

Tyrown's passion for art and design began at an early age and his goal is to make a living of being an artist and take on exciting new creative projects.
Shape of land description: The Rainbow Serpent came out of the Dreamtime to create this land. It is represented by the snake and it forms the shape of Australia, which symbolises how it created our lands. The colour from the Rainbow Serpent is reflected on to the figure to display our connection to the Rainbow Serpent, thus our connection to country. The overlapping colours on the outside is the Dreamtime. The figure inside he shape of Australia is a representation on Indigenous Australians showing this country - since the dawn of time - Always Was, Always Will Be Aboriginal Land.

Naidoc Week 2020 is

8 November - 15 November

Some extracts from our Visitors Books:

10/3/20 – G. Beechran – "Displays very clear, clean and well arranged. Great variety"

20/2/20 – Sydney – "A great museum!"

12/11/19 – Mal & Wendy – "Most interesting collection - great effort."

8/10/19 – James Hall – "A lot of devotion and hard work is evident here - thanks"

2/10/19 – Pauline Foster – "I think it has been a very good experience to see all this history."

12/9/19 – Bonnie MacKinnon – "Everything brought back memories."

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Do you love the natural beauty of the Eurobodalla area?  Then check out the links below:

We are open to the public as at 11th August. Until further notice we have social distancing and hand sanitation requirements in place. We would appreciate visitors supporting our volunteers by mask wearing as part of our community safety precautions. Thank you

Our standard opening days
and times are:
Tue/Wed/Thur :  10am - 3pm

Admission fees:
$5 per head, children under 12 free.


With the re-opening of the Museum to the public on Tuesday 11th August 2020, access to our book shops can be obtained from either the Museum main entrance or the rear gates (next to the Water Gardens).


Accessible Toilets
Research Library
Reading Room
Kid's Space

Please Note:  The CLYDE RIVER & BATEMANS BAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) from 01 Jul 2000. It is covered by Items 1 & 4 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
Are you a Collector?
During the recent bushfires, many people lost, or came close to losing, items they had collected over many years.  Packing for an emergency evacuation means you cannot take everything, but risk losing everything.

Accordingly, the Museum is proposing to document 50 local 'Collections' held by individuals and organisations within the Bay and it's localities.  Please provide a brief description of what your collection comprises and we will consider it for professional documentation off-site, thus creating a record of your significant memorabilia/collection.

Initially, please advise the nature and size of your collection by contacting us at secretary@oldcourthousemuseum.com  .
We will then contact you to discuss how we may help.   


The Historical Society acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and offers our respect to Elders, past, present and future.