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Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park

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Set in the beautiful and historic Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald Museum is a local history museum and archive.

Emerald Museum exterior Feb 2016

The Museum tells the story of Emerald's colourful past through displays of memorabilia, photographs and documents dating from early aboriginal occupation to the present day.

Emerald Museum houses and selectively displays approximately 2,000 photographs, 600 memorabilia, documentary records, including contemporary records and family histories relevant to the economic, social and environmental history of the Emerald district. See the Gallery for a small sample from the collection.

Museum interior display



Displays include:

  • Aboriginal artifacts
  • Gold discovery
  • The renowned Nobelius Nursery
  • Early settlement
  • The timber industry
  • Farming
  • Township development

A collection of original ledgers, stock books and catalogues of the renowned Nobelius Nursery provides a link with the Nobelius Heritage Park in which the museum is situated. This is a significant and unique collection important to garden and landscape historians.

Nobelius catalogue cover

The Emerald Museum records historical data related to the district for future generations.

We collect and preserve artefacts, photos, family history, news paper cuttings, community organisations, and publications from the 1850’s until present day 2012.

The displays provide a historical context for understanding the life in which our early pioneers lived; we also recognise many of our past community volunteers.

The Museum also houses the 'Writers of the Dandenongs' exhibit, which commemorated well-known Australian literary figures who settled in or wrote about the Dandenong's in the early 20th century. Other major themes include gold discovery in Emerald, timber, horticulture, transport (rail and bullock), and guest houses.

Inside Emerald MuseumSpecial themes are developed to reflect current events.The Museum archive contains original ledgers, stock records, catalogues and wages books from the Nobelius Nursery.

Other records include minutes, correspondence and administrative documents of local community and sporting organisations, as well as over two thousand photographs of early Emerald, Clematis, Avonsleigh and Macclesfield.


An active group of volunteers with a variety of skills and experience meets each Wednesday morning.

Volunteers at the computer


Volunteers perform a range of museum tasks including:

  • Cataloguing, cleaning or restoring items in the museum collection
  • Managing the museum database
  • Sorting and identifying photographs
  • Preparing displays
  • Conducting research and answering queries
  • Writing short articles or text for displays

School groups are welcome


Volunteers also share the Sunday roster, greeting visitors who come from many parts of Australia and overseas.

New volunteers are most welcome, no matter how much or how little time they have to spare.

Contact the Museum for more information.



Museum Hours

Open to the public:

Sunday 1.30-4.00pm

Wednesday 10.00am-3.00pm

and by appointment.

Group visits welcome.


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