Samford Museum – Old fashioned family fun
The spirit of yesteryear is alive and well at the Samford Museum, where Brisbane Kids can step back in time and experience life before modern convenience.
Things to see and do at Samford Museum
Since the museum opened in 1986, its members have been collecting objects from the district’s rural, domestic, educational, railway, timber, transport and local village history.
It makes for a fascinating display of antiques (your Brisbane Kids will love the old-school toy collection!) as well as the opportunity to watch a blacksmith at work, sit at an old school desk and write on slate, put some hand washing through a ringer or see milk churned into butter, the old fashioned way.
There’s also historic buildings to explore, such as the original Ferny Grove Railway Station building and the Albany Creek State School’s Head Teacher’s House. The museum is also the starting point for the Samford Village Heritage Trail.
Family events at Samford Museum
Each year, Samford Museum opens its doors to celebrate Australia Day on 26th January. The celebrations includes entertainment by local indigenous groups, re-enactments of the pioneering days and a display of vintage vehicles in the neighbouring John Scott Park. There’s also poets, singers, bands, costume dress-ups and a sausage sizzle. Special events are also held at the museum on ANZAC Day and Queensland Day.
Research your family history
If you or your ancestors grew up in the Samford District, you can research your family history through the museum’s map collection (dating from 1864), the photo albums, Samford Reminiscences publications and other published local history books.
Planning your visit to the Samford Museum
The museum is open on Wednesdays from 10am until 3pm and on Sundays from 10am until 4pm (except during Christmas and Easter school holidays). There is a small admission fee which you can find on their website. The museum is run entirely by volunteers who are more than happy to share their local knowledge and answer any questions.
The Samford Museum is located on Station Road, Samford and is mostly wheelchair accessible. Group visits, wedding photo shoots and school excursions are welcomed, but bookings are essential. Phone (07) 3289 6537 or visit the Samford Museum website for more information.
More family fun in Samford Village
Today, visitors can enjoy the modern facilities of Samford Village which grew around the historic Samford Railway Station, now the site of the John Scott Park. If you want to make a day of it, pack a picnic or enjoy a meal at one of Samford’s family friendly restaurants – The Samford Valley Hotel, Ironbark Superfoods or The Rare Pear Café.