History and Heritage


12th/16th Hunter River Lancers History Room

  • phone: 02 6772 3417
  • address: Armidale Army Depot, cnr Mann and Allingham Streets, Armidale NSW 2350


The 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers and 24th Light Horse Museum contains a wealth of associated information and memorabilia.

Armidale City Heritage Tour


Join us on a 2.5 hour guided Heritage Tour of Armidale, leaving from the Visitor Information Centre at 10.00am and returning around 12.30pm, Monday to Saturday.

Booking is essential.

Armidale Folk Museum

  • phone: 02 6770 3836
  • address: Cnr Rusden and Faulkner Streets, Armidale NSW 2350


A major local attraction, our free-entry local history museum is open seven days a week, from 1.00-4.00 pm.

Including fascinating relics and archives from Armidale's past, the Armidale Folk Museum is a must-see for visitors.


  • phone: 02 6773 5174
  • address: Booloominbah Drive (off Elm Avenue), University of New England


Built in 1888, this magnificent heritage building was formerly a private residence. It features the largest stained-glass-window in the New England and spectacular architectural features and was designed by architect, Horbury Hunt.

Hillgrove Museum


Established in the 1896, Hillgrove School building (Museum of Rural Life and Industry) is operated by Armidale Regional Council and is an annexe to its Armidale Folk Museum. The museum contains a fascinating collection of exhibits and gives the visitor a unique insight into everyday life in old Hillgrove.

The museum is temporarily closed.

The museum can be opened by appointment please phone 02 6770 3836 to arrange a time.

Museum of Antiquities

  • phone: 02 6773 3197
  • address: Arts Department, University of New England


A treasure house of archaeological and historical artifacts from many countries.

Museum of Education

  • phone: 02 6773 6466
  • address: Kentucky Street (adjacent to NERAM), Armidale NSW 2350


The most comprehensive collection of education material held in Australia. Open by appointment. Closed Public Holidays.

Museum of Printing (housed at NERAM)

  • phone: 02 6772 5255
  • address: New England Regional Art Museum, Kentucky Street, Armidale NSW 2350


Open Thursday and Friday 10.30am-3.30pm or by appointment

Railway Museum

  • phone: 02 6770 3836
  • address: Adjacent to Armidale Railway Station, Brown Street, Armidale NSW 2350


Open 11.00-12:30 am Monday-Friday, the Armidale Railway Museum is a great place to learn about the history of the Brisbane-Sydney Railway line. Armidale's location on this line, from 1883, helped it grow from a small shepherding settlement to a booming University town.

Saumarez Homestead - National Trust Building

  • phone: 02 6772 3616
  • address: Saumarez Road, via Armidale Airport, off the New England Highway


Built in 1888 and extended in 1906, this marvellous National Trust homestead reflects the way of life of the early 20th century through its original furnishings, preserved in their entirety.

Open 10am-5pm daily for self guided tours of Heritage Rose Garden and Farm area.

Entry to the house by guided tour only on weekends and public holidays. Guided tours 10.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm. Saumarez Homestead tours are not available in Winter.

The Old Teacher's College

  • phone: 0401 760 238
  • address: Cnr Dangar and Mossman Streets, Armidale NSW 2350


Built in 1928 on the site of the 1863 Armidale Gaol, the Armidale Teacher's College helped to develop Armidale's academic profile. Today the building houses the College History Room as well as the New England Conservatorium of Music.

The Heritage Centre UNE


A major historical archive containing thousands of records, documents and photographs of the region. It is a mecca for historians, researchers and geneologists.

Staffed by experts in local history, public enquiries are welcome.

Zoology Museum

  • phone: 02 6773 2391
  • address: Zoology Department, University of New England


Affixed to the UNE Zoology Department, this museum contains many fascinating preserved specimens and information about species from around the world.