Welcome to Nowra Museum, home of  Shoalhaven Historical Society

Shoalhaven Historical Society is housed in Nowra Museum, the former Nowra Lock-Up and Residence Police Station (built 1901).
The Museum's Collection boasts a number of rare artefacts from Indigenous and European settlement of the Shoalhaven area, a large photographic collection and early watercolours from artist Samuel Elyard.

The Society's Charter has been developed  to:

  • Promote and Encourage the Study of Local History.
  • Promote the Compilation of Historical Records.
  • Acquire by Purchase, Donations or Other Means and Preserve Relics, Artefacts, Printed and Photographic Records.
  • Foster Exchange of Information among Members of the Society, by Lectures, Readings, Discussions and Exhibitions of Historical Interest and Value.
The Museum also houses an Archival and Research Centre, Book and Photographic shop with dozens of Local History Publications and Framed Photos for Sale.
Samuel Elyard - 200th Birthday 
Outlines of the Past Exhibition  
6th May to 30th July 2017
Over 60 Elyard original works on display including 20 oil paintings previously not seen in a public display.

Book and Photo Store

The Nowra Museum has over 60 local history publications for sale with new titles being added regularly. 
We now have available a limited reprint of Russ Evans fantastic book, Sail and Steam on the Shoalhaven. This book is one of our most requested and something we have not been able to supply for some years. We often see copies of it for sale at considerable price on Ebay. Drop into the Museum and pick up a copy for just $35.

If you live outside the area and would like us to post you a copy of this or any of our publications, please just email us and we will arrange a postal delivery.
The Society also has dozens of photos available for purchase from the Nowra Museum