The Hamilton Pastoral Museum holds over 3,500 historical objects. It is also home to over 20 buildings spread over several hectares of land.
There are over 20 buildings spread across the Museum complex including relocated historic buildings and those purpose built to display exhibits.
To house and display our huge collection of historic items many of our buildings have been purpose built on site. This provides our visitors with immersive looks at how things were done in "the old days" as well as affording our crafters space for working displays such as a foundry, telephone exchange and leather works.
Some of our structures have been moved to the site from towns in the district.
These original buildings have been carefully preserved and remain sympathetic to their original purpose. These include:
A number of functioning workshops and sheds where our skilled craftspeople carry out occupational tasks using time-honoured traditional methods. Our workshops operate on open days providing visitors with a window into crafts and skills of bygone days.
Barry in the exchange. Contractors galore - no optic fibre here!
As well as preserving occupational history, where possible we seek to provide our visitors with working exhibitions showing machinery in action.
We are fortunate to be able to draw on a wealth of local knowledge both from an historical perspective and from those volunteers dedicated to keeping age-old traditions alive.MORE VIDEOS
Other sheds display horse drawn vehicles, threshers, the Deutscher Foundry, extensive collections of tractors, stationary engines, headers, the sheep and wool industry, household, fashion and a Saddler & Bootmaker Shop.
With a strong focus on farming and industry, our machinery collection is unparalleled in its meticulous attention to both function and preservation.
Spanning more than a hundred years of history, our collection demonstrates how many of today's mechanical apparatus find their origins in our early industrial inventions.
It's hard to imagine that before electricity was available at the flick of a switch, business flourished. See how they did it with steam, wires, pulleys and plain paper.