Frequently Asked Questions


What is a museum?

An organisation in the service of society and its development.

It is open to the public and participants research, communicate and exhibit historic artefacts, moments in time and ideas of artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific importance for the purposes of education, study & enjoyment.


What is an Interpretive centre?

A new-style of museum that utilises different means of communication to enhance the understanding of heritage.


An Interpretive Centre aids and stimulates the discovery process and the visitor's intellectual and emotional connection. 


The main presentation strategy tends to be user-friendly and interactive and often uses scenographic exhibitions and multimedia programs.


What is a virtual museum?

A digital entity that draws on the characteristics of a museum in order to complement, enhance or augment the museum experience through personalisation, interactivity and richness of content.


Virtual museums can perform as the digital footprint of a physical museum

or can act independently. 

They are committed to public access; to both the knowledge systems embedded in the collections and the systematic and coherent organisation of their display as well as to their long-term preservation.


Does the Tomaree Museum have to be located at Tomaree Lodge?

No. Tomaree Lodge is an iconic and historical site that would be a perfect for the Tomaree Museum. The heritage buildings would form an exhibit in themselves as well as possibly housing some of the collection and displays.


However, the heritage status of the buildings present issues in developing the site as a museum and there would be significant costs in developing the surrounding infrastructure to provide public access to a significant number of visitors.


Other sites on the Tomaree Peninsula are being considered in a site selection process.


Will the Tomaree Museum be a community organisation?

The Tomaree Museum Association intends to involve the local community in the Tomaree Museum Project and expects the Tomaree Museum to be a community asset. 


However the intention is to provide a world-class institution that will attract significant numbers of visitors to Port Stephens and the Tomaree Peninsula


The Tomaree Museum Association Incorporated aims to develop a  regional museum and interpretative centre to document, protect and promote the history and changing natural environment of Port Stephens.


The Tomaree Museum Association acknowledges the Worimi people,
the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters upon which Tomaree Museum stands. We should like to pay our respect to the Elders
past and present, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this
website contains a range of material which may be culturally sensitive
including records of people who may have passed away.