Maldon District Museum

COVID-19 update – 3 August 2020

Currently we are unable to provide an indication as to when the Maldon District Museum will be reopening. We will monitor Government directions and look forward to being able to reopen again soon.

Our History Research Centre is also closed, and our volunteers will continue to handle requests for information and research via email at The telephone has an answering system but will not be monitored regularly so email will be preferable.

The Maldon District Museum holds an extensive and diverse collection of several thousand artefacts from the district. Our artefacts range from the unique and highly significant to the curious and commonplace; they record our history and all contribute to the rich narrative of the Maldon District.

Exhibition Hall

Exhibition Hall

The exhibition is presented as thematic displays which interpret and present many aspects of our history. The core ‘timeline’ exhibition is complemented by a variety of temporary displays. Displays are enriched by the use of slideshows of material from the collection and more recently by the introduction of QR codes and NFC tags on selected artefacts to provide extended information to our visitors.

The building housing the collection is also an architectural treasure which was constructed under difficult goldfields conditions. It resulted from an early decision of the first Maldon municipal body to develop a Market Place to stimulate local trade. Construction of the first proposed building was completed in 1859, however in spite of several launches it failed as a Market House and sat under-utilised for some years.

In 1865 it was remodelled to become the Shire Offices and Hall. It served this purpose for 99 years until in 1964, the Shire of Maldon moved to new premises nearby (the cream brick building towards the front of the gardens). In 1966 the Maldon (& District) Museum was established in the building.

Location: Old Shire Hall, Maldon Gardens, 93 High Street, Maldon, 3463

Open hours are: Closed until at least mid-November 2020

Wednesdays – 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm (not open Wednesday 25 December)

Saturdays – 1:30 pm until 4:00 pm

2nd Sunday of month 10:30 am until 2:00 pm


Check What’s On for extra opening hours if applicable to special events.

Entry fee:

  • Adult $5
  • Children under 17 free

Collection: Discover more about some of the items from our extensive collection via the Gallery. If you are interested in donating items to the museum we are interested in hearing from you. We collect material with a demonstrable association with the Maldon District or its residents. Please contact our Secretary to find out more.

Contact options: To contact us please email (, telephone on (03) 5475 1633 (leave message if no answer), or write to PO Box 235, Maldon, 3463. If you would like to get involved in helping to preserve more of Maldon’s History we welcome new volunteers and always have plenty of interesting tasks available.

PLEASE NOTE: the Centre will NOT open when the North Central Fire District has a fire danger rating of Code Red or Extreme.  See the CFA Fire Danger Ratings map for current data. (This page will open in a separate window.)

Maldon Museum & Archives Association Inc. – Registration No: A0026994G and ABN: 60 516 687 425

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