The Tweed Regional Museum is a Tweed Shire Council community facility, established in 2004, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Tweed Shire Council and the Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Uki and South Arm Historical Societies.
It is one museum that operates across three branch locations; Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Uki, and in association with these three local Historical Societies. The three locations connect the Tweed Shire from the coast to the mountains, providing a unique journey into the history, people and places of the majestic Tweed Valley.
In August 2014, the Tweed Regional Museum (TRM) Murwillumbah re-opened after major redevelopment. The award winning multi-million dollar upgrade, which has been in progress since late 2011, treasures the old and embraces the new. The historic 1915 building has been restored to its former glory and now flows into a spacious and modern exhibition area, with vibrant displays bringing Tweed’s history to life through stories of our past.
In 2017, TRM Tweed Heads underwent redevelopment, to provide a new Office and Research Centre for the Tweed Heads Historical Society, and the renovate and interpret the historic Court House building. Further building works are happening in 2018, to renovate and interpret Boyd’s Shed and the Deckhouse, and to improve access to the Court House.
During 2018 – 2020 the Museum will undertake major new projects including a large-scale permanent display providing glimpses into the extraordinary natural environment and world heritage values of the Tweed, and a mobile app showcasing arts and heritage locations of significance.
Museum Office and Contact Details
Tweed Shire Council
PO Box 816
Murwillumbah NSW 2484
(02) 6670 2493
The Murwillumbah branch is located in the original Tweed Shire Council Chambers of 1915, with a contemporary extension that opened in August 2015. Permanent displays provide a glimpse into past settlement and development; changing displays showcase the Tweed Regional Museum collection and contemporary stories about places, events and people significant to the Tweed community.
Tweed Heads Branch
The Tweed Heads branch consists of historic buildings that have been relocated to a tranquil riverside park setting.
The smallest branch of the Museum is in the picturesque village of Uki, nestled at the base of Wollumbin – Mt Warning.
Museum Collection Store
Completed in 2012, the Tweed Regional Museum collection store provides secure, purpose-designed, flood-free storage for items in the museum collection, to better protect these pieces and allow greater flexibility with displays at museum branches.
The collection store incorporates a ‘pod’ that provides the ideal environment for particularly sensitive items such as textiles, paper based and organic collection objects.
See our Talks and Events page for details of how you can take a behind-the-scenes tour of our Collection Store.
Museum Director: Judy Kean
Curator Collections and Programs: Erika Taylor
Collection and Program Support Officer: Kirsty Andrew
Program Support Officer (Saturdays): Bev Clark
Policies and Plans
The Tweed Regional Museum Strategic Plan 2014-17 was adopted by Tweed Shire Council at its meeting on 12 December 2013. This Plan will guide future development of the Museum and its programs.
The Collection of Tweed Regional Museum was created in 2004 by an amalgamation and transfer of ownership to Council of the collections of the historical societies of Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Uki and South Arm.
Each separate collection evolved over time and a range of factors lead to the shaping of the collections as they are today. Over many decades, museum volunteers in the Tweed Shire have built an outstanding cultural resource about the people, places and history of the area. This includes significant object and photograph collections as well as archives, research files and oral histories.
The Collections Policy aims to enhance strategically the depth and importance of the Collection by approaching collecting in a manner that reflects the Tweed Region as a whole, single entity.
The Collection Policy of Tweed Regional Museum will have a primary focus on collecting for exhibitions, educational purposes, research and archiving.