WHAT‘S ON

Our island museum is a treasure chest of natural history, fantastic collections, excellent learning resources, changing displays, inspiring information, great gifts and lots of interactive ways to enjoy learning more about this truly unique place on our planet.

Take a look through our website as an introduction to our wonderful museum. Visit our resources section for a visual review of fantastic marine life, land plants, birds, geology, climate, historical artifacts, shipwrecks, corals, historical photographs, and more.

And why not browse through our special gifts section for a great book about your special interest or purchase a unique craft collectable.

You can ask a question of our knowledgeable volunteers and museum Curator, make a comment about your visit to the island, or organise a special conference of colleagues or students in our workshop centre by contacting us via our interactive contacts page. 

Keep discovering more everyday at the Lord Howe Island Museum.

FEATURED DISPLAYS

WOODHEN RESCUE

In 1980 the Woodhen was saved by one of the most outstanding bird recovery programs in the world. 

Over three years, 92 Woodhen chicks were hatched and reared at the island’s captive breeding centre, and successfully released into the wild.

This achievement was honoured with a new display in 2005.

BALLS PYRAMID

This display comprises a detailed replica of Balls Pyramid with photo panels and story-boards that document the history of access and rock climbing on the Pyramid.

The display was sponsored by Dick Smith, who attended the launch with his climbing mates from the first ascent to the top of the Pyramid, in 1964.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DISPLAY

A new display at the museum is a monitor that displays the real-time output from the Island’s Solar array. 

The recently installed array has 3,240 solar panels with 1.328MW of solar energy generation capacity, and batteries with storage capacity of 3.712 MW.

This will move the island to a more sustainable future and reduce the island’s reliance on imported fossil fuels.

Our display shows the output from the solar array, the current energy demand and the battery storage level.

You can also view this information online here: LHI Board’s live-linked dashboard

RECENT ARTICLES

THE LORD HOWE ISLAND PHASMID

Dryococelus australis, commonly known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect or tree lobster, is a species of stick insect that lives on the Lord Howe Island Group. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Dryococelus and was thought to be extinct by 1920, only to be rediscovered in 2001. 

We now have a permanent display case housing several Lord Howe Island phasmids. 

Come to the Museum and see these amazing stick insects, and learn about their return from the edge of extinction.

Phasmid nymph

CLIMATE CHANGE

Like the rest of the world. Lord Howe Island is already experiencing the effects of Climate Change.

The island is seeing a decline in annual rainfall, from the records that began in 1882.  The summer temperatures are getting higher, with daytime maximums over 28°C not uncommon now.

These changes are impacting ecosystems on the island.

Orographic cloud over Mt Gower

THE RAT ERADICATION PROGRAMME

The worst feral mammal to arrive on Lord Howe Island was the Black rat, Rattus rattus. They first arrived on the island in 1918 from the cargo ship Makambo and quickly multiplied, wreaking havoc with the wildlife. Within ten years of arriving the rats had eaten five landbirds into extinction. More recently, two plant species and a number of invertebrates have disappeared.

Birds of Lord Howe Island

This lecture is held every Thursday evening, unless cancelled.
Birds are the major animal life on the island. 17 species of landbirds and 14 species of seabirds breed on the island. A total of 230 species have been recorded.

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EVENTS and ACTIVITIES

World Science Day

World Science Day

World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. By linking science more closely with society, World…
Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Also known as Armistice Day, it marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
Threatened Species Day

Threatened Species Day

National Threatened Species Day is commemorated across the country to raise awareness of plants and animals at risk of extinction. Australia is home to more than 500,000 animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Over the last 200 years, more than 100 animal…
Plastic-Free July

Plastic-Free July

Plastic-free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, communities and environments. It encourages people to reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work, school, and local cafes. This month encourages people…
International Museum Day

International Museum Day

The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of museums as an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples. It was established by ICOM internationally in 1977 and each year has a different theme.
Anzac Day

Anzac Day

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. Anzac Day was originally devised to honour the members of the Australian and…
Discovery Day

Discovery Day

Annual celebration of the day in 1788 that Lord Howe Island was discovered. The museum mounts a temporary display commemorating aspects of the islands discovery or early history; the school children create project work and a games night is held in the sports oval, with races, and speciality events such…
World Ocean Day

World Ocean Day

The purpose of the Day is to celebrate the world’s oceans and how they sustain human life through food, pleasure and recreation. It is also an opportunity to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for protection of the…

World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It…

Also known as Armistice Day, it marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence…

National Threatened Species Day is commemorated across the country to raise awareness of plants and animals at risk of extinction. Australia is home to more than 500,000 animal and plant…

Plastic-free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, communities and environments. It…

The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of museums as an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among…

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution…

Annual celebration of the day in 1788 that Lord Howe Island was discovered. The museum mounts a temporary display commemorating aspects of the islands discovery or early history; the school children create project work and a games night is held in the sports oval, with races, and speciality events such as palm tree climbing and slow bicycle race.

MUSEUM CALENDAR

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Birds of Lord Howe Island
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
This lecture is held every Thursday evening, unless cancelled. Birds are the major animal life on the island. 17 species of landbirds and 14 species of seabirds breed on the island. A total of 230 species have been recorded. We look at the landbirds breeding today, the extinct birds and what happened to them, the Wood , ...
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Lord Howe Island World Heritage
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
This lecture is held every Monday evening, unless cancelled. A comprehensive look at the geologic origins, fossils, flora and fauna, evolution stories and landscapes of the island. Then a brief history of the island, from discovery, through settlement, the kentia palm industry and tourism. This then leads into conserva , ...
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Birds of Lord Howe Island
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
This lecture is held every Thursday evening, unless cancelled. Birds are the major animal life on the island. 17 species of landbirds and 14 species of seabirds breed on the island. A total of 230 species have been recorded. We look at the landbirds breeding today, the extinct birds and what happened to them, the Wood , ...
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Lord Howe Island World Heritage
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
This lecture is held every Monday evening, unless cancelled. A comprehensive look at the geologic origins, fossils, flora and fauna, evolution stories and landscapes of the island. Then a brief history of the island, from discovery, through settlement, the kentia palm industry and tourism. This then leads into conserva , ...
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Birds of Lord Howe Island
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
This lecture is held every Thursday evening, unless cancelled. Birds are the major animal life on the island. 17 species of landbirds and 14 species of seabirds breed on the island. A total of 230 species have been recorded. We look at the landbirds breeding today, the extinct birds and what happened to them, the Wood , ...
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Lord Howe Island World Heritage
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
This lecture is held every Monday evening, unless cancelled. A comprehensive look at the geologic origins, fossils, flora and fauna, evolution stories and landscapes of the island. Then a brief history of the island, from discovery, through settlement, the kentia palm industry and tourism. This then leads into conserva , ...
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Birds of Lord Howe Island
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
This lecture is held every Thursday evening, unless cancelled. Birds are the major animal life on the island. 17 species of landbirds and 14 species of seabirds breed on the island. A total of 230 species have been recorded. We look at the landbirds breeding today, the extinct birds and what happened to them, the Wood , ...
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Lord Howe Island World Heritage
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
This lecture is held every Monday evening, unless cancelled. A comprehensive look at the geologic origins, fossils, flora and fauna, evolution stories and landscapes of the island. Then a brief history of the island, from discovery, through settlement, the kentia palm industry and tourism. This then leads into conserva , ...
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Birds of Lord Howe Island
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
This lecture is held every Thursday evening, unless cancelled. Birds are the major animal life on the island. 17 species of landbirds and 14 species of seabirds breed on the island. A total of 230 species have been recorded. We look at the landbirds breeding today, the extinct birds and what happened to them, the Wood , ...
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