Emerald Museum & The Nobelius Heritage Park

The Emerald Museum tells the story of Emerald and Districts colourful past through displays of memorabilia, photographs and documents.

Set in the beautiful leafy green and heritage listed Nobelius Heritage Park the Emerald Museum tells the story of Emerald and it's surrounding districts.

The Emerald Museum houses two distinct collections that include the Nobelius Nursery collection and the Emerald & District Collection. 

The Nobelius Nursery Collection documents the operations of the former Nobelius Nursery dating from the 1880s to the 1960s and contains approximately 200 items, including horticultural and gardening implements, office items, family belongings, photographs, ledgers, sales catalogues, stock records and wage books, as well as live horticultural stock, which continues to grow on the grounds of the surrounding Nobelius Heritage Park.

The Emerald & District collection comprises about 8,000 items. It covers a range of item types and collection themes including artists & writers, geography & topography, gold rush, indigenous connections, horticulture, transport, tourism, domestic schools as well as World War I & II. Our geographic focus is Emerald and it's surrounding districts limited to Menzies Creek, Avonsleigh, Gembrook, Macclesfield, Cockatoo and Clematis.

The heritage listed Nobelius Heritage Park is the four and a half hectare remnant of the former extravagant Nobelius Nursery that started in 1886 by Finish immigrant Carl Axel Nobelius. 

The former Nobelius Nursery exported fruit and ornamental trees to five continents and supplied exotic trees to the majority of municipalities throughout Australia which had a significant influence on the nation's landscapes. The former nursery covered more than 650 hectares at its peak just before WWI, employed 80 people and was the largest exporter of fruit and ornamental trees in the Southern Hemisphere. 

The Nobelius Heritage Park and Emerald Museum (NHPEM) is managed by a volunteer community asset committee under the authority of Cardinia Shire Council. Collectively they look after the park for the enjoyment of locals and tourists alike. You can combine a visit to Emerald Museum with a walk in this beautiful park. Pets are welcome on lead within the park.

Need To Know

  • Wednesdays 10am - 3pm
  • Thursdays 10am - 3pm
  • Sundays 1.30pm - 4pm
  • Also by appointment and group visits welcome
  • Entry by gold coin donation

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