Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society


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 Click here for The Old School Report. August 2021

Unfortunately the museum is CLOSED temporarily due to health concerns posed by the current changing conditions of the Covid situation. It will be reopened as soon as possible.

As a result of the current volatile Covid 19 situation it was been decided that the August Merimbula Festival and Yarn Bombing event will have to be postponed. The Committee is hopeful that this project, which involves so many of our community, will be staged later in the year, so that is something positive to look forward to in these uncertain times.


See more about the Merimbula Festival and Yarn Bombing on our Instagram account.

The Old School Museum reopened on Sunday 28th February 2021

Covid Safe conditions will be observed.

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.

Yarn Bombing and Merimbula Festival August 2021.

Following the success of the inaugural 2019 event it had been planned to stage it annually but the pandemic made that impossible in 2020. However plans are now underway to brighten up Merimbula with the colourful street art created by the local community during the last two weeks of August. Everyone can contribute, as an individual, member of an organisation, a school or retirement complex and even if they don’t live in the area – in 2019 a Canberra group made covers for the bollards outside the RSL.

Further information can be obtained by emailing [email protected] or phoning 02 6495 9231




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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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       Museum Opening Hours.

       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 02 6495 9231.

       Admission $5.00 for adults, children free.

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