All schools considering a visit to the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum should read and understand the Excursion Planner and Risk Planning documents concerning a visit.
The museum is open from 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 2.00pm Saturday and Sunday. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday.
We realise that our ordinary opening hours do not suit everyone, especially organisations like schools or scout groups. Please contact us and we will endeavour to arrange a mutually suitable time.
Entry Fees: Adults attending school visits –
Please Note: There is no charge for teachers attending prior to school group attendance or for teachers and other accompanying adults on the visiting day. Prior notice allows us to arrange a guide to be available for your visit.
School Age Children's groups – POA
Tours can be for the museum only, the museum and the Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial, or the Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial only. Please inform staff when making arrangements for your group as to which tour you are interested in.
Please Note: Condition for group concession – entry fees must be paid in a lump sum for the whole group and not individually. With prior notice guides will be available to assist for your visit.
Museum volunteers also visit schools to explain the significance of events such as ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and the battle of Long Tan.
The museum possesses a Victoria Cross, which is the highest decoration awarded for bravery in the armed services. The Keith Payne display contains replicas of all 23 medals received by Keith, as well as photos and documents.
A carved wooden bust of Keith holding a Victoria Cross enables students to view this living legend in three dimensions. The medals may be handled by pupils when prior arrangements have been made with museum management.
The museum contains displays on all Australian theatres of war from the Boer War to the Iraqi conflict. A Ferret Scout car and a World War Two Harley Davidson motorbike are also displayed, along with many colonial exhibits. There is also a reconditioned 1914 Douglas motorbike, identical to the ones used by dispatch riders at Cape Helles during the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. The two images below represent the use of these motorbikes during the war by dispatch riders and the reconditioned motorbike at the museum. The motorbikes used in the war were used with original colors and not camouflaged.
The museum covers three levels, with only the ground floor being wheelchair accessible. With prior notice we will endeavour to provide an experience for disabled students who cannot access the higher levels.
Education kits are being prepared for most age groups. We can also programme a tour with emphasis on a war, or a time period.