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 furntiure and objects from the Wollongong region dating from the Nineteenth Century to the present day.
The ground floor displays a schoolroom 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 our courtyard and see how people lived before electricity in our 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. Our 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.
A visit to the Museum is an excellent way to provide students with an understanding of what the past was like. Students will enjoy the learning about local history with the opportunity to see many objects in context and with the location central to Wollongong a broader historical excursion to the harbour, Andrew Lysaght Park and Market square could be possible. Due to the availability of volunteers, visits on Mondays and Wednesdays are preferred. Other days can be arranged but are dependent on the Museum being able to organise 4-5 volunteers to attend.