Clunes Museum

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Clunes Museum
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Clunes Museum is accredited by the Museums Association Australia (Vic). The Museum is housed in the former warehouse (c.1860) of contractors Nicholl and Wallace and was redeveloped in 2014 so the museum could expand into modern exhibition areas and work spaces.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Alex S
Carisbrook, Australia36 contributions
A significant heritage collection
Oct. 2019
Clunes Museum accupies the front rooms at this terrific facility in busy Fraser Street. The rooms have been furnished to show an earlier era and the thematic displays show the development of this goldmining centre. It reflects great credit on the generations of volunteers who have built up the collection, which includes searchable data bases on former Clunes residents.
Written 10 November 2019
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Mim L
Melbourne, Australia579 contributions
Well worth a gold coin donation
Jan. 2019 • Family
Being a Monday there wasn't much else in Clunes that was open so we visited for a gold coin donation each. It was air conditioned and cool enough to be an enjoyable respite to the heat. Lots to see.
Written 24 January 2019
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Bartonbears
Coffs Harbour, Australia1,493 contributions
Excellent local museum
Nov. 2018 • Friends
All four of us were very impressed by this excellent, modern museum. The displays are very well done and cover various aspects of the local region, including famous locals and their lifestyles, Indigenous artefacts, a brief history of gold mining in the area (the first discovery of gold in Victoria was at Clunes) and fabulous historic photographs of the town and the mines in the 1860s, photos of locals who volunteered for the Great War, a replica of an 1850s parlour, a time clock used by employees of the Woollen Mills and information and items manufactured there, a collection of organs, a display of taxidermy animals and much more. Moreover, all this was all excellent value at a gold coin donation.
Written 11 November 2018
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jandp768
Bendigo, Australia899 contributions
Beautifully done
Oct. 2018 • Couples
We really enjoyed wandering around here, gold coin donation and very worth it. The displays are well laid out and the info well presented and easy to read. Worth a wander.
Written 14 October 2018
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Lois P
Melbourne, Australia140 contributions
Worth a visit
Jul. 2018 • Couples
This is very special to me as there is a parlour dedicated to my great, great aunt Laura Hudson. Lots more to see upstairs
Written 16 August 2018
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Backpackinggranny
Canberra, Australia150 contributions
Is modernisation better?
Apr. 2018 • Friends
Having visited the Clunes museum before modernisation I had a memory of it being a somewhat cluttered mine of information for the family historian. The new museum is uncluttered, indeed a tad sterile, but a lot of the original source material which could have been of use to a family history researcher is now hidden away. There is a research service which will check documents for you and the young lady on duty the day we attended was really friendly and helpful. On the plus side, there are some little gems like the miniature Singer sewing machine and its associated story, the knotted fireplace fringe and the beaded cape. The biggest disappointment (to this family history researcher) is the anonymity of the respected residents of Clunes who, in 1902, had their pictures taken in Melbourne and mounted in a montage. Oh how I wish someone had had the forethought to have identified them all!
Written 19 April 2018
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happychatter
launceston, tasmania17 contributions
Simple little museum with interesting memorabilia
Oct. 2017 • Family
Especially liked the photographic record of all the towns residents in 18 something. What a lovely glimpse. Of the community. Also found the coin collection interesting and the bird cupboard captured the children's eye. A simple museum, great access and worth a quick look through if you are interested in history.
Written 8 October 2017
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emtnems
Australia1,432 contributions
Most interesting
Jul. 2017 • Couples
Entry through a gold coin donation, this museum takes you back over a hundred and fifty years to when Clunes was the first place in Victoria where gold was discovered. The visual displays of coins, photos, and equipment from that era are excellent. We spent over a hour walking around both floors of exhibitions and reading the history of the place. This was followed by a walk through the old town which was just as interesting.
Written 14 August 2017
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Chris T
Melbourne, Australia149 contributions
The art exhibition at the Museum/Warehouse was an unexpected highlight
Jun. 2017 • Solo
I ventured in to the Museum and although there is a cost $5, it was a fantastic way to get a sense of the history of Clunes and the surrounding goldfields area. The building is home to the museum, local library and visitor information centre.

But the highlight for me was the free art exhibition being held upstairs. A notice at the front desk let me know there was an exhibition titled 'Dream Versus Reality' by Tom Conyers. I decided to have a look and as blown away by the beautiful, imaginative and creative paintings, with themes raging from fairytales, to mortality, to real life. Highly recommended!

It is a wonderful exhibition and an unexpected bonus to visiting the museum. I believe the exhibition runs until the end of July 2017 and it is great to see the Museum/Warehouse sponsoring such great exhibitions and talent to share with visitors and locals.

Also a great place to pick up some Clunes souvenirs such as postcards, magnets, tea towels and books.
Written 24 June 2017
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daniela1122
Maidenhead, UK24 contributions
Worth a quick stop if you are in the area
Apr. 2017 • Family
Worth a quick stop if you are in the area the museum has some interesting stuff and the town is quaint.

Not really worth a detour though, it might be different in the summer or when the book festival is on but when we went all the bookshops were closed.

Good photo of an old fashioned mining town.
Written 14 April 2017
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Clunes Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Mon - Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm