The Burnie Regional Museum is a source of knowledge, ideas, stories and memories. It is developed and managed as a community resource to inspire, educate and inform the community and visitors and to contribute to the conservation of the history and heritage of the North-West region of Tasmania.

The Burnie Regional Museum is the third largest collection in Tasmania and holds archival collections from most of the major players in Burnie’s history, including the Van Diemen’s Land Co., the Emu Bay Railway, the APPM, Burnie Port, and over 300,000 photographic negatives amassed by three generations of Burnie photographers from the Winter Studio. It is the major repository for cultural heritage material in North West Tasmania.

The museum’s main attraction is its Federation Street display, where visitors can glimpse what life was like in 1900 when Burnie was a bustling town of 1500 people and at the height of its first economic boom. The Federation Street captures the city’s past in lifestyle, culture and architecture. The objects displayed are authentic to the Federation period. The buildings are constructed using ar...chitectural styles common in Burnie in the late 19th century. Even the paint colours and sign-writing styles are authentic to the period. The building materials used were salvaged from demolished houses and shops built during the Federation era.

For information about temporary exhibitions and public programs and events, please see our website

The Burnie Regional Museum is committed to collecting, preserving, researching, interpreting and exhibiting material evidence of life in Burnie and the surrounding North-West region.

The Burnie Regional Museum gift shop has a beautiful range of vintage and antique-inspired gifts, quality educational gifts for children, Tasmanian history books and historical novels and souvenirs. You can also purchase reprints of historical photographs from our collection.

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January 2012