Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society

The Merimbula Old School Museum is located in a lovely sandstone building in Main Street, Merimbula opposite the RSL Club. The former classroom and teacher’s residence was first occupied in 1875 with an enrolment of 39 pupils. It is a rare example in NSW of this type of building still in public ownership. When the Merimbula Public School moved to new premises at the end of 1945 the old building was used as a residence and for community activities for a number of years.
In 1969 the Imlay Historical Society was formed and requested permission to use the building as a museum which opened in 1973 after extensive repairs had been carried out. This NSW National Trust classified building is owned by the NSW Government, leased from the Trustee, Bega Valley Shire Council, and managed by the Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society. It showcases the history of the local area.

 During the yearlong closure caused by the bushfires and then the pandemic the whole display layout has been changed so the local community will find a visit to the museum a totally new experience. One room in the former teacher’s residence has been remodelled as a classroom giving the history of the Merimbula Public School and another has an impressive display of oyster plates. The old schoolroom area has been revamped to tell the story of Merimbula and Pambula through text, photos and artefacts, tracing the history from the custodianship of the Yuin people through to the development of local industries and services. It is the intention to change aspects of these displays regularly so a visit to the museum will give something new for locals and tourists to appreciate.

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The Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society is a non-profit organisation that maintains and manages the Old School Museum, which is housed in a beautiful heritage building dating from 1873. Originally built as a school with the master’s residence attached, and using locally quarried stone, it is one of few buildings of its type remaining in Australia today.

The Society is also responsible for an archive collection of written material, oral histories, photographs and maps. It acquires, conserves, researches and exhibits the history of Merimbula, Pambula and adjacent areas    for the purpose of education and enjoyment of both local residents and visitors.

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       The Museum opening hours are as follows:

       Note: The Museum can be opened at other times by arrangement.

       Arrange Group tours bookings by email or phone 0403 026 121.

       Admission $5.00 for adults, children free.

Day Time
Sundays 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Thursdays 1:30pm – 4:00pm