Bright and District Historical Society

The museum is in the heritage listed old Bright Railway Station. The museum also has rolling stock typical of that used on the old Ovens Valley Railway.

Bright and District Historical Society
Bright and District Historical Society

The museum covers railway history, gold mining history and also covers the social history of the area.

Bright was the centre of the Ovens River, Morses Creek and Buckland River gold fields. Alluvial, Dredging and Deep Lead mining were all carried out in this area.

A large number of Chinese miners worked in the above gold fields and the museum has a reconstructed Chinese Joss House and has a collection of artefacts from Chinese Miners.

The railways opened up the valley but roads and cars made the railway redundant. The old railway line is now a very popular Rail Trail.

Bright has been a popular tourist destination since the early part of the Twentieth century and displays of all these developments are part of the museum.

Address: 
2 Railway Avenue, Bright VIC 3741, Australia
Tel: 
+61 03 57551949
Hours: 
Sunday 2pm - 4pm fromSeptember to Mid-June
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2pm - 4pm during school holidays and festivals.
Other times by arrangement
Admission: 
Adults $3, Children $1
Facilities: 
Special openings for bus & school groups, resource centre, research requests filled for a small fee.
Collection: 

Heritage listed Railway Station, Raiway Rolling Stock and railway artefacts, Items of local social history, gold mining artefacts, Chinese Joss House and artefacts from Chinese miners, local family histories, photographic collection.

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