Pine Rivers Heritage Museum

old fashioned items on table at museum

Set amongst the towering gums and old-world charms of Old Petrie Town, Pine Rivers Heritage Museum explores the historic evolution of the district’s character.

They invite you to share in the stories of those who worked the land, braved the migration, drove the industry or simply lived within the ever-changing landscape. Best of all, entry is free!

Learn about early timber-getters, experience an old school classroom, and glimpse into life before electricity in an original farm-workers cottage.

Father and daughter looking at museum exhibit

Museum features

The Pine Rivers Heritage Museum features:

  • a theatrette that surprisingly animates the history of the region;
  • one of Queensland’s earliest kit homes, produced in the 1890s;
  • artefacts uncovered at Camp Strathpine, a WWII military facility;
  • the Skyring Clock Collection, all skilfully hand-built by one man;
  • stories of early European settlement as told by direct descendants;
  • films about Normanby Rum, and the Australian Paper Mill.

Boy on old fashioned telephone at museum

About the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum

A significant development within the North Pine Country Park was the opening of the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum on Australia Day, 26 January 2000. This farsighted concept was the brainchild of Pine Rivers Shire Councillor and Deputy Mayor, Bryan Galvin, who believed that the heritage museum should be regarded as “a gift from the residents of the old millennium to those of the new”. The museum encourages visitors to explore the district’s historic character through permanent displays, multimedia presentations and constantly changing temporary exhibitions. The museum complex includes Yebri House, the historic cottage moved from the Petrie family’s Murrumba Homestead precinct in 2006. It is a Campbell pre-fabricated kit house built in the mid-1890s which has been fully restored and furnished to represent the 1920s era.

ladies on panel at museum event

Events at the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum

The museum also offers a diverse program of events and workshops throughout the year, so there is always something to captivate and delight.

School History Excursions to Pine Rivers Heritage Museum

Students will be immersed in the world of 1890s and 1950s Australia through hands-on activities which explore various elements of life for the Australian child. The opportunity to interact with museum objects, props and costumes will be interwoven into activities throughout the day. Find out more about these programs here.

The museum shop

Keep a little piece of the past or present with you by visiting the museum shop. It features local history books and films, vintage games, and a curated range of handmade items by contemporary craftsmen.

hands on activities at heritage museum

Other things to do at Old Petrie Town

While you are there, why not explore the other exciting historical features of Old Petrie Town, including:

  • The Queensland Fire Museum – view fire fighting vehicles, uniforms, helmets, photographs and other firefighting memorabilia.
  • Queensland Steam and Vintage Machinery Society – walk past a large variety of steam rollers, stationary engines, traction engines and portable engines which have been lovingly restored.
  • The Old Petrie Town Markets – regular Sunday markets, as well as other specialty market events throughout the year, including twilight markets.

Before you visit, be sure to check out the opening times of each feature to avoid disappointment and be sure to allow plenty of time to explore the hidden gems of Old Petrie Town.

The Pine Rivers Heritage Museum is located at Old Petrie Town, 901 – 949 Dayboro Road, Whiteside QLD 4503.

To find out more, please visit the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum website.

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