Established in 2004 with the uniting of the three local Historical Societies, Tweed River Regional Museum is one Museum in three special locations; Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Uki. Spanning the Shire from the coast to the mountains, the branches of Tweed River Regional Museum are a unique journey into the history, people and places of the majestic Tweed Valley.
The Murwillumbah branch is located in the original Shire Council Chambers of 1915, with significant objects such as the massive Robey steam engine, the original Council Chambers meeting table, a unique ornithological display of rare local species and larger-than-life fibreglass Banana Jim, mascot of the annual Banana Festival.
The Tweed Heads branch consists of four historic buildings that have been relocated to a tranquil riverside park setting. Features on display are a collection of small boats, ships models, shipwreck artifacts and extensive photograph collections documenting the colourful development of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta.
The smallest branch of the Museum is in the picturesque village of Uki, nestled at the base of Mt Warning/Wollumbin. This branch is a local heritage resource centre housing a small collection of historic objects and photographs about life over the years in the remote upper reaches of the Valley.
The Museum needs and welcomes volunteers. As a Museum volunteer you can contribute as:
In 2013 Museum volunteer induction sessions will be held in July and November.
Expression of Interest Form (19kb)
What are the most compelling stories about Tweed Shire that should be told?
Work is continuing to expand and upgrade the Tweed River Regional Museum in Murwillumbah, and the community is invited to share their ideas about themes and stories of the Tweed.
Tweed Shire will have a first-class museum facility once the expansion is completed, providing a wonderful stage to tell the region's history.
It opens the door for some exciting and high-quality displays and the Top 5 Stories campaign is an opportunity for the community to provide input about what pieces of history should be explored.
Tweed residents are a wealth of knowledge about the area's history and it will be fascinating to see what themes and stories are important to them. Click here to share your Top 5 Stories.
Printed copies of the Top 5 Stories form are available at Council's offices in Murwillumbah and Tweed and the libraries at Kingscliff, Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah.
The upgraded Murwillumbah museum, scheduled to reopen in late 2013, will provide substantial new collection display space, a significantly increased capacity to cater for visitors and school groups, and will maintain a research centre for the Murwillumbah Historical Society.
For more information, contact museum staff on (02) 6670 2400.