Macleay River Museum and Settlers Cottage

The Macleay River Museum is an award winning museum of applied local history with a Settlers Cottage and art show, housed in the cultural centre designed by world-renowned architect, Glen Murcutt. The museum is also the home of the Angus McNeil Glass Negative.

The museum showcases Aboriginal artefacts, colonial history from the 1830s, the cedar and timber industries, farm machinery and tools, river transport, period clothing, servicemen, historical publications and photos of Kempsey district.

The Research Department. There is an extensive collection of local history and family files in the library and record room. This service is available for anyone wishing to research local families, locations and topics.

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Nearby events

  1. Arakoon bushcare group

    Wednesday 28 March 2018 to Wednesday 11 July 2018 , South West Rocks

    The fragile coastal dune system of Arakoon National Park, near South West Rocks and Kempsey, is under threat from invasive weeds such as bitou bush. Volunteer for two hours of weeding each week to help eradicate invasive weeds and restore n…

    28 Mar - 11 Jul
  2. Kempsey Riverside Market

    Saturday 07 April 2018 to Saturday 05 May 2018 , Kempsey

    The Kempsey Riverside Market is held on the first Saturday of every month, from 8am to 1pm on the banks of the beautiful Macleay River. This quality market features produce and products from Kempsey and surrounding districts, with an empha…

    07 Apr - 05 May
  3. Crescent Head Malibu Classic

    Event dates to be confirmed: May 2018 , Crescent Head

    Crescent Head Malibu Club presents the Crescent Head Malibu Classic at Killick Beach, Crescent Head. In the 1960s, longboarders surfing north along the coast found the home of one of the longest and most classic point breaks in the world…

    27 May