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Museum and Visitor 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 Visitor Centre is located in the Museum foyer and can provide information on activities, events, dining and any other information about the island. The Visitor Centre is open from 10:00am-1:00pm Sunday through to Friday. For enquiries, please call (02) 6563 2114. Email

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 Monday, Thursday, Friday.

Tropicbird Museum Shop

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

Open Sunday – Friday 10am – 2pm.

Coral Cafe

Coral Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great choice and best price, located in the visitor centre and museum.

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