Additionally the museum holds a number of smaller temporary displays each year to commemorate significant events and create interest for residents and regular visitors.
These have included in recent years:
- 75th anniversary of Sir Francis Chichester crossing the Tasman Sea solo in 1931
- Official visits to the Island (to coincide with a visit from NSW Governor Her Excellency Marie Bashir 2007
- Signs of Change
- 25th anniversary of the Woodhen rescue
- Then and Now showing scenes from pre-1950 compared to now.
September: Jetty days. Photographs and stories around the Island jetty. For over 100 years the jetty was the centre of communication for the island. Cargo would come ashore, the first tourist passengers to the island would arrive by ship, and later the flying boat terminal was at the jetty. Today, the bulk of the Island freight arrives at the jetty and tourists depart on daily sightseeing and fishing trips from here.
September: 60 years anniversary of the RAAF Catalina crash in 1948. The only aircraft incident on Lord Howe Island with loss of life when an RAAF Catalina crashed on the Malabar Ridge at dusk. Islander Roy Wilson managed to rescue two airmen before the aircraft burst into flames. Roy Wilson received the George’s Cross medal for his actions. Pieces of the wings, fuselage and engines are still near the crash site.
October: Weddings A photograph and memorabilia exhibition about weddings on the island.