Museum opens for eight Saturdays

In celebration of the Burnie Regional Museum’s upcoming new exhibition, Early Burnie; the museum will open for eight Saturdays.

A new exhibition will open at the Museum on Saturday 16 February 2013. Early Burnie is an exhibition exploring Burnie’s beginnings as a privately owned enterprise and following its progress through the 19th century.

Deputy Mayor Sandra French said, “The Burnie Regional Museum will open on Saturdays from 1:30pm to 4:30pm for eight weeks from Saturday 16 February to Saturday 6 April.”

The museum’s normal opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 4:30pm.

“The exhibition features many of the Burnie Regional Museum’s fascinating and significant objects dating from before 1900. The community will learn about early exploration and the exploits of the Van Diemen’s Land Company, life in the region for early settlers and the events which led to Burnie’s first economic boom at the turn of the 20th century,” Ald French said.

As a special exhibit, two of early explorer Henry Hellyer’s diaries will be on display until 10 May 2013, as part of the new exhibition, courtesy of the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office and the University of Tasmania Archives.

Burnie Regional Museum Curator Georgia Luck said, “We are so thrilled to be given the opportunity to open for the eight Saturdays. This is a great opportunity for families and working people who find it difficult to visit during the week to come and check out the new exhibition.”

As well as being open on Saturdays, the Museum is offering lots of fun weekend activities to get involved in, including: a historic bus tour of the Hampshire and Surrey Hills on Saturday 23 February, a trek to St. Valentine’s Peak on Saturday 23 March, a free kids’ face painting day on Saturday 9 March and a kids’ workshop ‘Making Do’ with artist Janine Morris on Saturday 6 April, creating craft using bits and pieces on hand in the spirit of the pioneers.

Visit www.burnieregionalmuseum.net to find out more details and to print out a calendar of events to stick on your fridge. For more information or to book a space in one of our events, please call 6430 5746 or email museum@burnie.net

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