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From Museum Director - Judy Kean

We have been delighted to welcome more than 3700 visitors to the Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah during the first two months since opening on 30 August 2014.

As a trial, the Museum has opened seven days a week to explore whether there are preferred times for visitors. We have learned that there is no distinct pattern regarding when visitors prefer to come to the Museum. However Wednesdays have been consistently popular and more people visit on Saturday than on Sunday.

The seven-day-a-week trial ended on Sunday 30 November.

Current opening hours for Murwillumbah are now: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm. We will also open between 10am and 4pm on the first Saturday of each month.
This pattern will continue to the end of May 2015, at which time we'll review whether more changes are needed.

So what are visitors telling us about their experience of visiting the redeveloped TRM Murwillumbah? Responses have been overwhelmingly positive, both in relation to refurbishment of the original 1915 Shire Hall building and new displays.
Visitors are appreciative of our focus on storytelling and on the connections between displays and the diverse history of the Tweed.

Display wheel and lamp
Visitors have also asked us about when displays will change, and whether we will be putting more of the collection on display. Happily the answer to both questions is 'yes'! We are working toward having significant changeover of some (not all) displays 3-4 times a year and on developing projects that will focus on events - both past and present - of significance to the Tweed.

I am also delighted to acknowledge the generous donations that have been made to the Museum to mark its 'rebirth' by Norma Johansen and by Leanne Tong-Lyon.
The 'Ron Johansen Link Gallery' has been named in honour of long serving President of the Murwillumbah Historical Society, Ron Johansen. The 'Images of the Tweed Wall' has been named in honour of Norman and Keith Tong. More details about these local identities and the generosity of their families can be found on our Support Us page.

Unfortunately the opening of the redeveloped Tweed Regional Museum at Murwillumbah has coincided with the need to close the RSL Hall at Tweed Heads due to continuing deterioration of the building making it unsafe for the public, volunteers and staff.
We are currently moving all collections previously displayed in the RSL Hall to the safety of the Museum collection store. The RSL Hall will need to be demolished and Council is currently working on future plans for the site.

In closing, I would like to acknowledge the contribution of the many wonderful volunteers who continue to support the Museum at all our sites. In particular, our new cohort of Front of House volunteers has done a wonderful job of settling into the new building and welcoming visitors. We simply would not have been able to open seven days a week for the three months after opening without them. Nor would be have been able to offer visitors such a warm and informative welcome. The efforts of the Front of House volunteers have also been a great support to members of the Murwillumbah Historical Society, leaving the Society free to complete the considerable task of moving back into the Museum and responding to the many research enquiries that have been received.

2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year with the focus of our attention moving away somewhat from major packing, moving, building and 'developing' projects and toward an exciting range of displays and programs across all Museum sites.


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