With the only dedicated children’s museum in Australia and the first-of-its-kind to be based on a university campus, The Early Start Discovery Space is operated and supported by the University of Wollongong.
Using play-based learning, the Discovery Space fills young minds with unforgettable learning experiences and nurtures all the family’s creativity. So, let the creativity of your youngest family members go wild and see where their young imaginations take them!
Museums are one of the more popular touristic attractions of any city. For each person the reason why they visit a museum varies. It may be to expand their horizons or they may wish to be inspired. For others it is because they find it enjoyable and like meeting like-minded individuals. Whatever your reason, you will have many museums to visit while living in Wollongong.
Below is an overview of a few of the museums in Wollongong:
Visit Wollongong Heritage and Stories website to find out more about the museums in Wollongong including their locations
Recognising the huge impact immigrants have had on the local area the Migration Heritage Project has collected a significant image database based on private collections and is an important resource that shows how immigrants shaped the Illawarra region and documents the personal family stories of many who now call it home.
The objects included in this virtual museum reflect the eleven themes of migration, explained and explored in the Migration Heritage Project publication Every Story Counts.
The aim of the ItSoWel virtual museum is to collect, protect and share the history and heritage of the Italian community in the Illawarra.
After receiving wonderful support from the local Italian community many stories have been collected and are displayed virtually. The issue of identity is one of the most interesting aspects of the virtual museum as migration makes people face the conflict between the identity of the country of origin and the identity of the country they migrated to. The result of the combination of those two identities is widely different and the project explores the different shades of it.
The virtual museum includes digitised journals, photos, documents, historic newspapers and articles.Contact us
A unique combination of heavy industry with education and tourism – Inside Industry brings together heritage, culture, safety, environment, education and industry. The centre offers Steel Tours and Port Tours.
Hear the story of steel that dates back to 1928 and the formation for Australian Iron & Steel (AIS) by the Hoskins family or discover the fascinating history of Port Kembla port that was established in the late 1890’s to facilitate the export of coal from the mines of the Illawarra region.
The Mt Kembla mine disaster occurred on the 31st July 1902 when 96 men and boys lost their lives and remains the worst mining accident in Australia’s history. The Mt Kembla Heritage Centre houses a comprehensive exhibition that documents not only the disaster itself but also tells the personal stories of those who were involved and the impact the disaster had on the local and wider community and mining sectors.
The Australian Motorlife Museum has a great national reputation within the heritage motoring community. The collection comprises thousands of antique and vintage vehicles and continues to grow at an astonishing rate.
Established in 1992 by a group of motoring enthusiasts, this attraction provides an insight into the history of motoring including vehicles and memorabilia. It also includes extensive and historically significant collections of gramophones, typewriters and telephones providing an intriguing snapshot into the progress of technology in the 20th century.
If you are simply curious or have a fascination with classic cars come down and meet other like-minded and friendly locals.
The Breakwater Battery Military Museum was established in 1988 to showcase the important military history of our region and our contribution to the security of the nation. The museum building was built in 1939 as the World War II headquarters and command post for the Breakwater Battery fort complex that overlooked and protected the Port Kembla harbour.
At the Cultural Centre and Keeping Place visitors can learn about the local indigenous community and see some of the arts and crafts that are created by local artists.
You can also learn more about the traditional landowners the Wodi Wodi people and their special connection to the land and region. Did you know that the name Wollongong originated from the Aboriginal word woolyungah and means five islands in the Dharawal language? Why not come down and discover even more about our local Aboriginal culture!
If you have an interest in the amazing stories of the local railway and want to marvel at local coal mining artefacts, then the Bulli Black Diamond Museum & Heritage Centre is for you! Located at the eastern platform of Bulli Railway Station, it was opened in 1989 and houses a collection of exhibitions of social history, unique stories of the region and artefacts from the railway and mines that have had such a big impact of shaping the history of the region.Contact us
The museum of the Helensburgh and District Historical Society is located in the former surgery of Dr Cox, who was the mine doctor in Helensburgh for many decades. It contains a collection of items that belonged to Dr Cox and his family and tells the story of what life for a local doctor and their family is like. This rare building is highly significant to the community of Helensburgh.