Lord Howe Island
Historical Society
and Museum

Where natural history, environment and culture intersect…

at the heart of paradise

While Lord Howe Island is arguably the most beautiful island in the Pacific, it is also one of the most pristine natural environments, with a wealth of man-made history stretching back one and a half centuries.

Welcome to our museum!

Founded in 1978, the Lord Howe Island Museum has over 50,000 scientific specimens, books, photographs and cultural objects in its collections.

We are open all year round, 7 days a week, from 9am each day. Be sure to pay us a visit when you come to Lord Howe Island. Entry is free, and the Museum is a popular meeting place for islanders and tourists alike.

Even if you cannot visit, you can browse through these pages and learn about our latest exhibitions, animal and plant factsheets, citizen science, and education programs for all.

Ian Hutton – Curator

Donations, bequests and sponsorships

Our Museum does not charge entry fees, and relies on your generosity in order to stay open. Please consider supporting us.

The phasmids!

These large stick insects, once common all over the island, were eaten into extinction by introduced rats by 1930. However, in 1964 rock climbers photographed a dead phasmid on Balls Pyramid, 23 km southeast of the island. In 2001 scientists visited Balls Pyramid and collected live phasmids, and Melbourne Zoo have a breeding program raising phasmids for eventual release back on the island.

Come to the Museum and learn about their return from the edge of extinction.


30 Jun 2021

Ian Hutton, curator of the Lord Howe Island Museum, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by SCU.

01 Oct 2020

A new field guide for the island has just been released: Land Snails of Lord Howe Island.

30 Sep 2020

Ursula Malone, of the ABC, reports on the general feelings of islanders, as Lord Howe Island re-opens it doors to tourists.

27 Sep 2020

Good news! Visitors will be able to access Lord Howe Island at last, from the morning of Friday 2 October.

16 Jan 2020

'State's largest conservation act' rescues endangered island bird.

13 Oct 2019

The Museum has created three species catalogues for residents and visitors to access.

Our Historical Gallery is getting a makeover



30 Oct 2021

Hans Rueckert donated a large collection of books and maps to the Museum in 2017. Recently he came across some more boxes of items and offered to donate these as well.

22 Sep 2021

In 2020 the museum was successful in obtaining a grant from State Library to have a museum specialist visit and carry out a Collection Significance Report on what the museum holds as community heritage. Melanie Piddocke, from Queensland Museum, visited…

26 Jul 2021

Jeremy and Jan Colman visited Lord Howe Island for a week back in June of this year, and were walking on Middle Beach one afternoon and found the front cover of an antique gold fob watch. It was jammed underneath…

25 Jun 2021

In June, Melanie Piddocke from Queensland Museum visited the island to undertake a Collection Significance Assessment of the collections held at the Lord Howe Island Museum. Melanie was very impressed by the collection, and spent a lot more time in…

04 Jun 2021

With the help of our President Robyn Warner’s son-in-law Peter van Dijk, the museum now has a very accessible digital archive of all issues of the island newspaper, Signal. These are on an iPad with a searchable function so that…