Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties (November 2019 – March 2020)
Descend into Sydney’s seedy underworld in our new photographic exhibition revealing the dark side of the Roaring Twenties. Explore more than 130 candid and compelling mugshots taken by New South Wales Police between 1920 and 1930. Known as the ‘Specials’, they are unlike any found elsewhere in the world.
Immerse yourself in all things Underworld with the stunning accompanying book and an exciting line-up of public programs.
Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.
Capturing Nature: Early photography at the Australian Museum 1857 – 1893 (March 2020 – July 2020)
Australia’s earliest scientific photographs are revealed in a new exhibition, Capturing Nature.
Taken from the Australian Museum’s extensive archival collection of glass plate negatives, 65 large-format photographic prints showcase the scientific discoveries of Australian Museum scientists between the 1850s and 1890s.
The exhibition also tells the story of the advent of photography in the young colony, less than 10 years after the birth of photography in Europe.
A touring exhibition created by the Australian Museum.
All in a Day’s Work (7 June 2019 – 13 October 2019)
All in a Day’s Work provides a rare insight into the daily life of people at work in the Orange district between 1955 and 1974. This exhibition features captivating photographs from the Central Western Daily negative collection, held by Orange & District Historical Society. All in a Day’s Work is curated by Orange & District Historical Society and is presented as part of the society’s 70th anniversary celebrations.
The Art of Scientific Illustration (19 April 2019 – 30 June 2019)
The Art of Scientific Illustration features images and scientific specimens from the NSW Biosecurity Collections. Explore techniques used by scientists and artists over the last century to document and communicate their research, and learn why these works were created. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
Paddock to Plate (April 2018 – April 2019)
Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in Orange and district celebrates the history of food and wine in the Orange region, revealing how growing, processing, distribution and consumption of food has changed over time.
The exhibition starts with the mountain, an ancient volcano, which created the soils and climate that attracted indigenous people, then others from across the world. Through over 350 historic objects and photographs, ‘Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in Orange and district’ takes audiences on an adventure of exceptional flavours and shares the stories of the innovative people that created them.
Journeys (November 2016 – February 2018)
Journeys: people place stories explores the region, its people and place through time. Beginning with the region’s first inhabitants, Journeys explores the connection to country told through stories and artefacts of the Wiradjuri people, prior to and following the crossing of the Blue Mountains and eventual settlement by in the region by Europeans.
The journey continues by examining the significance of the landscape both as a rich mineral resource and as a place of cultural and environmental significance. The ever present Mt Canobolas has influenced settlement patterns, acted as a place of spiritual significance and more recently Lake Canobolas has offered the regions sports people a place to perfect their skills.
Transport technologies from the Cobb & Co coach, to railways and motor transport have changed the way people journey in the region and beyond. Developments in transport brought economic prosperity to historic villages across the region, while new communication technologies have changed the way our lives are documented and how we connect.
Plan your visit
Opening Hours: 9am-4pm daily (excluding 25 Dec)
- Groups of more than 10 people should contact the museum prior to their visit.
- There is no admission cost to enter Orange Regional Museum.
Bathrooms including disabled and baby changing facilities are provided on site.
Groundstone Cafe is located next to the Museum and is open from 7.30am – 3.30pm daily. Group bookings available. P: (02) 6394 6386
Short-term parking is available in front of the Museum on Byng Street. Parking for larger vehicles, caravans and buses is on Peisley Street. Long-term parking is available in a carpark near the Museum and can be accessed off Lords Place.
Orange Regional Museum is fully accessible for prams and wheel chairs. A courtesy wheelchair available for use. Please contact us on (02) 6393 8444 for further information.