Events & Exhibitions

Our Museum is a busy place with Exhibitions from our collection, book launches and our annual Airing of the Quilts, plus collaborations with other groups such as Embroiderers.

Current Exhibition





Christmas at Crawford –  Open now until 14 January  The beautiful Christmas decorations in Crawford House  are from the personal collection of Sue Harper.  This collection has developed over many years of crafting as well as buying both new and vintage Christmas ornaments.  Something for the children or grandchildren too – see how many Christmas trees you can find in the house!

Opening times:  Fridays 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, Sunday 1.00 – 4.00 pm; closed 23, 24, 25 & 26 December; open Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 & Friday 29 December 10.00 am – 4.00 pm; Sunday 31 December 1.00 – 4.00 pm.  Entry gold coin donation.

Future Exhibitions 2017-2018

11 February – 20 May 2018:  Water Sports in Ballina Shire  All forms of water sports including swimming, water polo and surfing.  Stories, photographs and memorabilia associated with the people of Ballina Shire.

6, 7, 8 July 2018:  The Airing of the Quilts  An outstanding exhibition of quilts by local and regional quilters.

Fashion Project Sessions   You can bring your own fashion project to life under the guidance of experienced fashion industry style coach and pattern engineer Lois Hennes for a $10 per hour donation to the Museum.  Please book with Lois on 0439 423 185.

In between Exhibitions the Museum has Open House featuring items from our collection reflecting family life from the turn of the century to the 1960s.

Past Events

Platypus Pioneer Progress Exhibition  This unique exhibition was held from the 7th September to 4th November 2012.  It told the story of the members of the Charles Bulwinkel family and had at its heart the return anBullwinkel 1d display of an extremely rare platypus skin rugP1010299 to the place where the platypus had been caught.  Over 80 platypus skins from Maguires and Duck Creeks in Alstonville were made by members of the family into a double bed sized rug.  The rug was eventually acquired by the Powerhouse Museum in 2003 and loaned to the Society especially for this exhibition.