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The Burke Museum and the Friends have a scheme whereby individuals can adopt a specific item from our collection
Burke Museum Archives
Among the few remaining living history museums in Australia and one of Beechworth’s most visited attractions the historic Courthouse is perfect for individual, family and group visits.
Beechworth Historic Precinct
Originally Built as the Beechworth Athenaeum in 1857, The Burke Museum is one of Australia’s oldest museums and is considered a ‘Museum of Museums’ with its significant collections from the 1800’s and contemporary internally produced and touring exhibitions. After the death of Beechworth's former Superintendant of Police, Robert O'Hara Burke at Coopers Creek in 1861, the Athenaeum was renamed in his honour as The Robert O’Hara Burke Memorial Museum.
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Education and Public Programs
The Exhibition offers an insight into the heritage surrounding the State Forestry operation in Victoria and also has a focus on fire minimisation and suppression.
The Friends of the Burke Museum provide a valuable support role for the Museum Staff and many members are also volunteers.
Burke Museum and Historic Precinct essential information
Two hundred years after the birth of Charles Dickens, is this his childhood writing desk?
The Robert O'Hara Burke Museum in the news.
Burke Museum Links
Built in 1859 at a cost of £1,500.00, the Powder Magazine stored black-powder used for blasting on the goldfields.
Burke museum secures Robert O'Hara Burke pistol at a Dublin auction.
The Beechworth Gold Office and Sub-Treasury is located in Ford Street and is one of the most significant buildings within the Beechworth Historic Precinct.
Built in 1858, the Telegraph Station, one of a suite of beautifully preserved Gold Era buildings
Established in 1863 during a period of enthusiastic collecting, many members of the original museum committee were keen collectors.
The Burke Museum and Beechworth Courthouse have a range of Books and high quality gifts which can be purchased in person, or by post using a valid credit card.
Bernadette Thomas has joined the team at the Beechworth Burke Museum and Historic Precinct
The Burke Museum and Historic Precinct Volunteer Program provides opportunities to volunteers of all ages to be involved in work and activities, in public or behind the scenes.
Walking Tours

B U R K E   M U S E U M
Loch Street Beechworth 3747
Phone 03 5728 8067 | email [email protected]
Open 10am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm) daily except Christmas Day