The Present

The Museum Today 

Since its opening in November 1992, the museum has become a hub of information and objects relating to early public schooling in NSW. It has a comprehensive collection of furniture, objects, books, documents and photographs relating to public primary education in NSW that is owned and managed by the NSW Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education Inc. 

The NSW Schoolhouse Museum is a popular excursion venue for schools. Students participate in a hands-on education program interacting with artefacts and re-enacting early school lessons and activities. The education program is managed and run by qualified teachers and experienced facilitators.

A visiting class lines up outside the Schoolhouse Museum


The NSW Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education is a non-profit, incorporated body managed by a voluntary committee. The education program, collection management, staffing, maintenance and conservation work are fully funded by student visit fees.

The general running of the museum’s finances, building and maintenance, collection and management and education is overseen by the museum committee. The committee meets on a Monday evening or afternoon in about the fifth week of each term. The Annual General Meeting is held in Term 3.

Enquiries about joining the committee are welcome.

One of our staff at work registering the collection

Volunteer Opportunities

Whilst the museum does not provide a structured volunteer program, assistance in expanding our online database and digitizing the collection would be welcome. This includes data entry and scanning items.

Phone 02 9805 1186