What to See and Do
Last updated on 13 January 2015
The museum consists of a large room with thematic displays on stands and in cabinets. Themes include:
- The Boonwurrung/Bunurong People
- The Phillip Island Cemetery
- The Phillip Island Band
- Phillip Island indigenous plants
- The Geology of Phillip Island
- The Early Settlers
- The Chicory Industry
- Maritime History
- The Two Bridges
- Temporary displays on special subjects are also held, changed several times per year.
- During 2014-2018 the museum will have a changing display of Phillip Island’s WWI servicemen and Phillip Island during WWI.
- During NAIDOC week an Open Day is held where a selection of locally sourced aboriginal artefacts are displayed. This collection is registered with Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, which is compulsory for all collections of aboriginal artefacts in Victoria.
- A large central table and chairs affords viewing of historic photograph albums and reference material.
- A large display cabinet contains various items pertaining to the history of Phillip Island & District. Smaller cabinets contain a) aboriginal artefacts (registered with Aboriginal Affairs Victoria) and b) items pertaining to the McHaffie family (first white settlers on Phillip Island).
- A fun museum detective sheet is available for children to follow and is suitable for primary school aged children, or with adult/older sibling assistance.
- A DVD on the history of the island up until 1984 is available for viewing in the museum. Running time approx 13 minutes.
- The museum has a reference library of Phillip Island history publications and enquiries are welcome. (See SERVICES)
- The museum also stocks books of Phillip Island and Western Port history for sale. (see BOOKS FOR SALE)
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