Phillip Island & District Historical Society

What To See & Do

Last updated on 14-Jan-20

The museum consists of a large room with thematic displays on stands and in cabinets. Themes include:

The Boonwurrung/Bunurong People


The Geology of Phillip Island


The Early Colonists


The Chicory Industry


Maritime History


The Two Bridges


Temporary displays on special subjects are also held, changed several times per year.


During NAIDOC week an Open Day is held on the current year's theme. The Aboriginal objects collection held by the museum is registered with Aboriginal Victoria, which is compulsory for all collections of Aboriginal artefacts in Victoria.


The museum also participates in the National Trust Festival in April-May each year, and the Seniors Festival in October, and Open Days are held with special displays for each of these celebrations. On Open Days the society often provides free refreshments in the adjoining meeting room and you are welcome to stay and chat and have a 'cuppa'.


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 Victoria) and b) items pertaining to the McHaffie family (first colonists 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 (2017) is available for viewing in the museum, or for purchase $10. Running time approx 15 minutes.


A touch screen with six topics - Surfing; Guesthouses; Farming; Shipwrecks; Artists Past and Present; local Aboriginal words - is available for viewing.


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)