Chinchilla Historical Museum is dedicated to the natural resources of the Chinchilla area and the history of their use. It offers a glimpse into farming and local industry with key displays including:
- The Cypress Pine Centre, which tells the story of the saw milling industry that established the town of Chinchilla;
- The Green Plague exhibit, explaining the devastation caused by the Prickly Pear cactus; and
- The Melon Festival display, celebrating Chinchilla as the ‘melon capital' of Australia, and telling the story of how this important industry has contributed to the economic and tourist growth of Chinchilla.
The museum has strong social history collections and the buildings on site include Chinchilla's very first homestead ‘Wongongera Cottage' (built in 1880) and Goombi Hall. The museum also depicts the area's natural history with highlights including living specimens of the Chinchilla White Gums, the Field Naturalists Display of the indigenous botany and wildlife in the area, the extensive Beneath Chinchilla's Soils display of petrified wood such as the unique Chinchilla Red, and the Jurassic Mural and Garden developed in conjunction with local TAFE students.
An extensive collection of family and local history photos, newspaper articles and birth, death and marriage records are also available by contacting the museum library. Facilities and extensively landscaped grounds are also available for hire.
Thursday to Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday 10:30am - 4:00pm
Monday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day