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Address: 72 Coolibah Drive, Kununurra, Western Australia 6743, Australia
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+61 8 9169 3331
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12:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Kununurra Museum is open Seven Days - 12:30 to 5:30 PM and is run by...

The Kununurra Museum is open Seven Days - 12:30 to 5:30 PM and is run by dedicated volunteers of the Kununurra Historical Society (KHS) - A small but dynamically active museum with multi-screen digital slideshows over 15,000 images at the Museum an over 2,000 images online. We are actively collecting and receive over 100 new archives/objects per year. In 2016 we commemorated 75 Years of Ord Irrigation since KM Durack started at Carlton Reach, Ord River in 1941. As KHS was inaugurated on June 5th 1986 we also celebrated 30 Years as a Society. KHS is making archives accessible to show the local, State & National significance of East Kimberley history, as well as making other collections from all over the planet more discoverable! We actively 'Digitally Repatriate History' records BACK to the Kimberley from institutions in the South, where most of our records are, to be able to research repatriated collections in local collections. . Ask to see the skull of a 14 foot salt water crocodile. Watch the DVD about the Wirraway (an aeroplane) that force landed near Kununurra during WWII, on March 20th 1942 - which will be 75 Years ago in 2017.

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Well worth a visit

For some excellent local knowledge and hands on displays this is a must! From a fossilised wombat, Aboriginal spear technology and the mystery of Leichhardt and the Queens visit... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2016
Leanne963
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Perth, Australia
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Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Andrew and the team pack a lot of exhibits and history into the museum and if your interested to know why Kununurra was founded in in 1961 and the history of the Order River scheme then it's definitely worth a visit. It's open each afternoon.

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Thank Steve0457
Darwin
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an interesting place to visit. So much to read. A great deal of work has been put into this museum. Cattle/ diversion Dam/ Argyle. Families. If you wish to know something about Kununurra and surrounds then go see Drew and the gang.

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Thank Aligattor
Kununurra-Museum, KHS Volunteer & President at Kununurra Museum, responded to this review

Dear Aligattor of the Top End, Good to see some of our 'locals' (neighbours!) visiting. A few days ago (March 2017) another 'local' lady who lives in Katherine (for many years past) brought in her <10 year old Kununurra-based Grandsons - they all loved it! Thanks for the nice review, much appreciated. More 

Moncton, Canada
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1,403 reviews
868 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,284 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Now in its 75th year, the Kununurra Museum is a great spot for a visit to learn about the area and see what the history offered. The Queen visited here in 1963 so that was neat to know and the staff was very knowledgeable about the artifacts and exhibits on display. Well worth the time to stop in and discover... More 

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Thank JGDynamo
Kununurra-Museum, KHS President at Kununurra Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the review but just to clarify - Ord Irrigation was 75 Years Old in 2016 - Kununurra was 55 years old in 2016 - The Kununurra Historical Society turned 30 years old in 2016 and the Kununurra Museum has been in operation in the (new) purpose-built Archive and Museum building for 15 years. More 

Perth, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

For some excellent local knowledge and hands on displays this is a must! From a fossilised wombat, Aboriginal spear technology and the mystery of Leichhardt and the Queens visit in 1963 this museum is a little treasure trove. Don't forget to leave a donation!

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Thank Leanne963
Kununurra-Museum, KHS President at Kununurra Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! More 

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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

This place was a real surprise packet. When we walked in we were greeted by the Manager Andrew. There is a world of difference between walking around looking at museum items and having those pieces come to life through stories and the personal experiences Andrew shared. There is a lot of old and cool stuff for the kids as well.... More 

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Thank Bisho R
Kununurra-Museum, KHS President at Kununurra Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for this positive review and so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Kununurra Museum. More 

Perth
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57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2015 via mobile

I took the opportunity to pop in and look at this museum run by the local historical society. There is plenty of local information including that regarding the development of the Diversion Dam, the Queen's earlier visits and development of Kununurra in earlier times. All run by the historical society.

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Kununurra-Museum, KHS President at Kununurra Museum, responded to this review

Thanks Sean - The review sounds positive so it is a pity your rating was not a bit higher! Glad though that you did enjoy the Kununurra Museum. More 

Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2015 via mobile

I really admire places like this hidden gem. Staffed and created by volunteers I really appreciate good people's efforts to capture history that will be forgotten in generations to come. This is not your big city, big budget museum but if you want a good dose of Kununurra history this is well worth a visit. Volunteer and museum guide Barry... More 

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Thank Mark B
Kununurra-Museum, KHS President at Kununurra Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive review Mark! More 

Sydney, Australia
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257 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

Only small museum but ask to see the crocodile photo and the skull. Lots of stuff in a small space. A lot of volunteers help here so help them help you with a visit and a donation. If you like history you could spend a while looking through all the stuff. In town. Check opening hours.

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Thank ozveildancer
Kununurra-Museum, KHS President at Kununurra Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of the museum and pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the Kununurra Museum. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Excellent museum located in an inviting area. Plenty of well thought out informative displays. Lots of "real" exhibits

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Thank Les M
Melbourne, Australia
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75 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2015 via mobile

I am not the museum type. To me museums usually mean seeing vague remnants of history behind glass enclosures and half told stories. Alas, the Kununurra museum sparked excitement of my list for history. I planned a visit to appease a friend and planned an half hour to hour visit, however after discussions witnessing documenting of the past and reading... More 

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Thank Trapezer
Kununurra-Museum, KHS President at Kununurra Museum, responded to this review

What a great review and so pleased that you got so much out of your visit - We like engaging audiences to make history even more fascinating in new ways at the Kununurra Museum. Thanks again and hope you come back one day. More 

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