Wingham Museum
Wingham Museum
Wingham Museum

Wingham Museum

12 Farquhar St
Wingham NSW 2429

Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM Open today, 10 AM – 4 PM

Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM

Monday 10 AM – 4 PM

Tuesday 10 AM – 4 PM

Wednesday 10 AM – 4 PM

Thursday 10 AM – 4 PM

Friday 10 AM – 4 PM

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Discover the history of the Manning Valley in a lovingly curated collection of artifacts.

I'm a Visitor Ideas Point, pick up some free maps and helpful tips for your visit to Wingham and the Manning Valley.
I'm a Visitor Ideas Point, pick up some free maps and helpful tips for your visit to Wingham and the Manning Valley.

The museum was famously opened in 1968 by Australia’s great aviator Nancy Bird Walton, and is housed in one of Wingham’s most historically significant buildings – its first general store. The collection is lovingly curated by a team of dedicated volunteers, and includes the original lock-up that held famed bushranger Jimmy Governor among its many relics.

Wander through our many large rooms of themed displays that house antiques ranging from Gaelic bibles bought out by original Scottish settlers to rare local aboriginal artefacts and hand- carved furniture. Each display is supported by the Manning Valley Historical Society’s nationally significant photographic collection, which provides a fascinating insight into what life was really like for the pioneering men and women who chose to settle in rural towns.

Take a little piece of history home with you by visiting our store, which offers a selection of historical books and handcrafts created by local artisans.

As the primary keeping place of local culture and heritage in the Manning Valley, Wingham Museum is the custodian of a large collection of artefacts representing all facets of life in the Manning. More than 10,000 items are presented over 500 square meters of exhibition space that includes the following themes…

Fashion, textiles and crafts; natural history; Aboriginal culture and history; domestic life; industries, agriculture and farming; the Manning River, transport and communication; and serving in war and the war at home. In other words – it’s big! Come in and see our for yourself. Wander across the floorboards of our National Trust building and learn about our pioneering past.

Walk through the jail cell that held infamous bushranger, Jimmy Governor or read about the trials of Isabella Mary Kelly – the inspiration for Di Morrissey’s book “the Valley”.

What did others have to say?

Rosemary Griffin

5 months ago

This place was amazing. Well worth the effort to get there. Parking limited and across a busy road. Narrow entrance due to the building being very old design. But the interior was a trip back in time. Very nice volunteers to serve. Very small cost to enter but more than worth it. Would love to return one day when im up that way again.

Valerie Arnold

a month ago

What a lovely museum, decided to visit after picking up a brochure from an information centre, on our way to Port Macquarie. Really glad we stopped, bit of a tardis, looks small from the outside, but once inside there was a numher of rooms filled with interesting objects. Lots of interesting displays, fascinating objects from times past. Lovely staff.

Brian Cross

7 months ago

Great display and only $5 entry highly recommended

Gary “Gas” Watson

3 weeks ago

Excellent museum Staff (Mrs Bell) was very helpful and went to a lot of trouble to find further information for me Any thanks again

alex lenci

3 months ago

Great Musuem, plenty to see and wonderful historical facts of a great town. The people in this town were so friendly, i was only there for a day and thoroughly enjoyed it, I shall be back.