The Museum building was constructed in stages between 1865 and 1882.

Illawarra Museum Wollongong

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Wollongong, New South Wales

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11 Market Street,
New South Wales

Discover local history and see how early settlers lived and worked. The Illawarra Museum Wollongong is a two storey heritage building housing a vast collection of furniture and objects from the Wollongong region dating from the Nineteenth Century to the present day. The ground floor displays a school room where you can sit and reminisce on the best days of your life, and an exhibition of the changes in Wollongong throughout the years. Venture into the courtyard and see how people lived before electricity in the kitchen and laundry exhibits. Experience rural and farming lifestyles with our exhibits including the Stockman's Hut, Air Raid Shelter and a Blacksmith's shop. Their Farm Shed displays agricultural, dairy and farm tools as well as several horse-drawn vehicles, including a milk and bread cart and ploughs. The second floor exhibits a bedroom and parlour displaying the lifestyle of the more prosperous households during the Nineteenth Century featuring furniture used and donated to the museum by local families....

Product Types

  • Galleries, Museums and Collections
  • Historical Sites and Heritage Locations


  • COVID Safe

Facilities found here

  • Enquiry Desk
  • Family Friendly
  • Gallery / Museum
  • Non Smoking
  • Public Toilet

Accessibility Information

  • Disabled access available, contact operator for details.

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In 1855 Illawarra residents presented Wollongong founder Charles Throsby Smith with a gift
A typical early Twentieth Century school room, including furnishings and related school items
The Museum kitchen display showing furniture made by local settlers
Laundry 2
Blacksmiths were an essential part of life until the end of World War 2
Farm Shed
Farm Shed