Come and visit a building that has played many roles in the life of Braidwood. This was the first significant hotel in Braidwood, built in the 1840s as the Royal Hotel, of local granite with a shingle roof. James Larmer, the well-known early colonial surveyor had the licence and lived there in the latter part of his life. Later, in 1870, the hotel was sold to the Grand United Order of Oddfellows - Young Australia Branch No. 2012 NSW. The Oddfellows made additions to the building: they built in brick a large rectangular hall on the lower floor, joining the separate kitchen to the main building. Another hall was built upstairs above the lower one, and concerts and dances were held in this upper hall. For many years, the building was empty and later it was converted into flats. However, it was fortunate that the building was in good condition when the Historical Society purchased it in 1970. Over the intervening years, we have created a museum to preserve artifacts and photos that will tell the story of the people who have lived in the Braidwood district, and of significant events in Braidwood's history. The building itself is part of that story.
Open: Friday to Sunday 11.00am-2.00pm or by arrangement
(dependant on volunteers)
Please check in advance if travelling as occasional staff shortages can result in unexpected closures
Address:186 Wallace Street, PO Box 145, NSW 2622
Telephone: 02 48422310
Admission: $5.00 adults $1.00 children
Now is a great time to join the Historical Society and be a part of our exciting new activities. New displays, new lighting, new computers and better than ever access to local historical information make membership a must for anyone interested in the rich history of the Braidwood area. All of our 19th century Braidwood newspapers, the most complete set existing covering the 1850s to 1900, have been digitised to disc, and our photographic library of over 7,000 images has been scanned ready for eventual uploading to this site. We can provide historic photographs and information about nearly every building and street in Braidwood if you are restoring a property. If you'd like to try some conservation or display work there are some wonderful projects available. Lots of opportunity awaits so join now and rediscover your roots. Membership is only $10 a year or $15 for your whole family, and gives you free access to the museum all year round.
Copyright Braidwood Museum 2016
The Museum has enjoyed the gracious support of many hard working, knowledgeable individuals in its 45 years, but our workforce is changing and we need a new generation of keen helpers! For 2015/16 we have a new president in Peter Smith, and a whole new committee.
We are very keen to find new volunteers to help - if you think you'd be interested, please email email@example.com