The Locals' Guide - Lord Howe Island

Jul
09

The Museum

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Monday, July 09, 2018

The Pinetrees family around 1890

Contributed by Pia Funch: The Lord Howe Island Museum is not just a museum. It’s a place to explore and a place to go to feel inspired. It’s a place to start your day with a morning coffee and a weather forecast (which is all you’ll need to plan the rest of the day). But most importantly, it’s a place that will connect you with the spirit of the island. Many people throughout the years have shared their knowledge, time, art and history with this little place, which inevitably makes the museum a place to feel the tremendous love that people have for the island.

The museum has several purposes. Apart from exhibiting the cultural and natural history of Lord Howe Island, it also functions as a visitor centre, a cinema, a shop and a place for the local children to display some of their school projects. On World Oceans Day 2017, the children from the Lord Howe Island Central School dedicated a project to create awareness about the use of single-use plastic followed by an initiative to ban plastic straws in their everyday lives. So if you ever ask for a straw with your drink on most places on the island, you’ll get a paper version.

Every morning, the weather forecast is colourfully written on a board by some of the volunteers running the visitor centre. Here, you can also purchase access to the internet, so that you can browse whilst having your morning tea at Coral Café.

The museum is a highly recommended place to visit as part of a Lord Howe Island holiday because it provides a valuable insight to what a magnificent place Lord Howe Island is. The relaxed island vibe is felt through the air as soon as you step into the building. There’s no high tech equipment and modern concrete walls. Just the way we like it here on Lord Howe Island.

Learn about the discovery of the island, its cultural heritage and the old flying boats. Get an insight into important development and conservation projects including sustainable energy projects and the Lord Howe Island Woodhen breeding programme. Step into a world that displays the incredible natural history of the island and learn about Balls Pyramid and the reefs and atolls found in the waters surrounding Lord Howe Island. Get a sneak peak into the impressive ecosystems on the island before you go out and see it all yourself. Finish the tour by having a look at the artwork on display and on sale by local artists. Last but not least, don’t forget to say hello to the local superstar in its terrarium the Lord Howe Island Phasmid. A stick insect thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered on Balls Pyramid in 2011.

The museum itself refers to Lord Howe Island as “arguably the most beautiful island in the Pacific”. And we couldn’t agree more!

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The Locals’ Guide to Lord Howe Island is written by Denis Corcoran, Pia Funch, Luke Hanson, Geordie Tennant and Dani Rourke. We regularly visit the island’s iconic locations (and our secret spots) in different conditions, seasons and times of day (by foot, bike, kayak, boat and snorkel), and hope to share our experiences with you. If you need some travel inspiration, details on locations and the best activities, or just a brief online escape from your daily routine, then read our posts about life on Lord Howe Island. 

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