Burke Museum and Beechworth Historic Precinct
Beechworth’s Burke Museum and Historic Precinct make up one of Australia’s best preserved historic sites. Once the government centre for a vast goldfields region, this collection of nationally significant buildings tells the story of how Australia grew and prospered.
The Burke Museum is Australia’s oldest regional museum. Originally built as the Beechworth Athenaeum, the museum was dedicated as a memorial to the explorer Robert O’Hara Burke after his death on the Burke and Wills exhibitions in 1861. The museum shows objects from the famous expedition, as well as exploring the history of Beechworth.
The adjacent Historic Precinct contains the old Beechworth courthouse, telegraph station and treasury buildings. Here you can stand in the dock where Ned Kelly stood, visit our famous Ned Kelly vault museum or send a telegram to anywhere in the world from our telegraph station.
The precinct buildings have been registered by Heritage Victoria, the National Estate, the National Trust and the Indigo Shire Council's Planning Scheme. For more information visit the Burke Museum.
Last step restrictions
The Burke Museum and The Beechworth Court House re-opened on Thursday 12 November from 10am - 5pm. Entry numbers will be limited and COVID19 regulations in place.
Historic Precinct Walking Tours re-started from Saturday 19 September:
10.15am - Gold Rush Walking Tour
11:30am - Combined Ned Kelly and Gold Rush (Weekends Only)
1.15pm - Ned Kelly Walking Tour
Tickets are $5 general admission, $3 Concession and $10 family. Tickets available here.
To access the Burke Museum’s historical and family history research service please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To access the Burke Museum’s online collections please follow this link
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