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Burnie Regional Museum

home to the third largest collection in the state


The Burnie Regional Museum is home to the third largest collection in the state, including some 400 000 photographic images of life in North West Tasmania.

For a taste of what life was like during the Federation period, explore the famous Federation Street. It captures the north west region’s past in lifestyle, culture and architecture. Discover the sights, sounds and smells of Burnie at the turn of the 20th century.

Each shop and business in Federation Street once existed in Burnie. Discover rooms filled with personal treasures and tools of the trade.  Visit the saddler and boot maker’s shop, blacksmith’s forge, printer, photographer and even the dentist.  It’s easy to get lost in the charm and detail of the general store or be relieved that as far as kitchen and laundry appliances go, things have moved on!

The exhibition Early Burnie offers insight into Burnie’s beginnings as a privately owned enterprise and follows its progress through the 19th century. Discover many of the Burnie Regional Museum’s fascinating and significant objects dating from before 1900. Learn about the landscape before Europeans, early exploration and the exploits of the Van Diemen’s Land Company; life in the region for early settlers; and the events which led to Burnie’s first economic boom at the turn of the 20th century.

The Burnie Regional Museum’s third gallery holds temporary exhibitions so chances are, each time you visit, you’ll discover something new.

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

For more information on exhibitions, workshops and events, please visit the website

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Burnie Regional Museum

Little Alexander Street, Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

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