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Museum and Visitor’s Centre

Museum,-Lord-Howe-Island-(Photo-credit---Glenn-Shipley)-SMALLThe architect-designed Lord Howe Island Museum, opened in 2002, has a range of innovative displays on the island’s World Heritage environment, community and history, going back to 1788 when the Island was discovered by HMS Supply of the First Fleet, and covering 166 years of continuous settlement since 1834.

There is even a skeleton of an extinct giant horned turtle, Meiloania platyceps.

The museum also offers a learning and scientific centre holding valuable archives, photographs and records with a reading/research room with computer facilities, photocopying and internet access.

Lord Howe Island Visitors Centre

The Lord Howe Island Visitors Centre is located in the Museum foyer and has a centralised booking facility and can provide information on accommodation, activities, events, dining and any other information about the island. The Visitor Centre is open from 9:30am-3:00pm Monday to Friday, from 9:30am-2:00pm Sunday, and is closed on Saturday. For enquiries, please call 1800 240 937.

Museum Audio Visual Centre

Presentations on geology, birds, flora and fauna, history and marine life are hosted by Ian Hutton and Chris Murray – 5.00-6.00pm Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri.

Tropicbird Museum Shop

Look around at the wide selection of unique Lord Howe souvenirs and gifts

Coral Cafe

Coral Cafe is now open seven days for breakfast and Lunch, great choice and best price, located in the visitor centre and museum. No booking necessary.

Services and Facilities 

Services available at the Museum and Visitors Centre include:

      • environmental displays
      • valuable archives
      • comprehensive information
      • tour bookings
      • reading and research room
      • internet access
      • photocopying
      • Photographs and records
      • audio visual centre
      • presentations and lectures
      • workshops and conferences
      • arts and crafts
      • special events
      • quality merchandise