Explore the Museum and Gympies history.
In 1867, James Nash discovered 72 ounces of Gold in just 6 days. This started the Gold Rush in Gympie and it became known as The Town that saved Queensland from Bankruptcy.
Gympie has has seen the rush for alluvial gold, deep reef mining, reprocessing of tailings and the re-opening of the mines in the mid 1980s. With the recent cessation of mining, there still remains the lure of residual gold and there may well be more to come.
You can learn all about this, and much more of Gympies colourful and historical past right here at the Museum. The site comprises over 5 hectares containing over 30 display areas in and around 15 major buildings.
Entry into the Museum which is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 7 days/week (Except Christmas Day & Good Friday) is via the Café at the Museum, where you can sit and enjoy lunch on the verandah overlooking the Parks and Lakes, or buy a memento of your visit.
Museum Entry Fees:
Family $25, Adults $10, Concession $7, Students (5-16) $5
Tour/School groups are welcome by arrangement (option of a tour guide), and at special rates on the Tour Bookings page.
All Bookings at the Cafe at the Museum Ph. (07) 54823995.
The Main Museum Building, is the Tank.
The Tank was opened as a historical Museum in 1970. The building was originally a water reservoir constructed in 1902. The Tank was part of the mining lease for the No.2 South Great Eastern Mine, but now it serves as the main exhibition building, housing a snapshot of the contents of the entire museum site. The other remnant of the original mining operation is the stamper battery and although only 10 head of the original 80 remain, they are still on the original footings and give a feel for the magnitude of the early mining operations.
At the No 2 South Great Eastern shaft, accessable via a reconstructed gantry, is an operational boiler house and steam powered winding engine, Air compressor , Generator and ancilliary machinery. Check Events page for steaming dates.
As well as the mining theme, the museum features exhibits from the timber industry, dairy industry, primary production, gems, transport, military and a wide range of social history covering Andrew Fisher an early Australian prime minister, lodges, religion, family and floods.
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Gympie Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
This outstanding artwork 'Hitching an Iron Horse' is a credit to local artists Tina Van and Matt Drewett.
This project was fully funded and implemented by the members and volunteers of the Society.
In 2013 it was relocated to the Museum and refurbished by members and volunteers, with funding aided by a grant from Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund.