Contact Info

South Kempsey Park
Lachlan Street
South Kempsey

PO Box 390
Kempsey NSW 2440

Phone: 02 6562 7572


Museum Open
10am - 4pm
Except Christmas Day & Good Friday



You can become a Member of the Society by downloading and completing the Membership Form here.  Simply send it off to us with your payment and the Society will provide a nominator and seconder for you.



Glenn Murcutt Building

The history of the Macleay Valley is as fascinating as it is diverse and one of the best ways to appreciate it is to visit the Macleay River Historical Society's award winning Museum in South Kempsey. The Museum, housed in the unique Glenn Murcutt Building adjacent to the Visitor Information Centre, traces the valley's history from the time of the Aborigines to today.

The Museum has Disabled Access and Bus Groups are most welcome.


General View Inside Museum


The museum has three categories

a) Collections and displays of historic artifacts. These have been selected on the basis of their interest and relevance to the Macleay district.

b) The Research Department. There is an extensive collection of local history and family files in our library and record room. This service is available for anyone wishing to research local families, locations and topics.

c) The Photographic Section. Our collection includes more than 40,000 images and photographs, most of which are fully catalogued and cross-referenced. History on the Macleay is covered here from 1830 to the present. This world-class asset is made up not only from local donations but also from several major collections of professional quality. High quality prints may be obtained at a very reasonable price.


If you can spare a day or a few hours per week why not think about volunteering at Kempsey Museum. At Kempsey Museum, you have the opportunity of working with and learning from our experienced and qualified volunteers in various areas such as collection cataloguing, digital photography, writing and researching local history, and conservation techniques.  Computer skills in areas such as databases and spreadsheets can be gained and full training is offered.  Kempsey Museum recently completed the Standards Programme administered by Museums and Galleries NSW.  To enquire about volunteering, please download and complete the form you will find here