Museum of the Riverina Redevelopment


The Museum of the Riverina's Botanic Gardens site at 127 Lord Baden Powell Drive is ready to grow.

A redevelopment project currently underway aims to make major improvements to the museum's exhibition spaces, collection storage and staff areas. These will help Museum of the Riverina to conserve the objects in our care, and tell our region's story in new ways to wider audiences.

Landscaping of the outdoor display area and the construction of specialist outdoor displays will make it easier for everyone to enjoy the museum's collection of agricultural machinery.

Many significant pieces of agricultural machinery will be protected from the elements for the first time.

New storage and work spaces will allow the museum to stabilise and conserve important collection items out of the weather.

Important items, such as the state-significant Cook’s Galley, will be relocated to a dedicated indoor exhibition space and made more accessible to the public.

A new office for the Wagga Wagga & District Historical Society(external site) will preserve the special relationship between Museum of the Riverina and its parent society.

Fast Facts

  • Exciting new exhibitions for all ages exploring the people and environment of Wagga Wagga and surrounds.
  • New pathways indoor and out will give better accessibility to wheelchairs and prams exploring the museum.
  • Twice as much storage will mean the museum's 25,000 object collection will be better cared for in climate-controlled conditions
  • A specialist classroom will facilitate workshops, meetings and school programs.



The Museum of the Riverina's Botanic Gardens site at 127 Lord Baden Powell Drive is ready to grow.

A redevelopment project currently underway aims to make major improvements to the museum's exhibition spaces, collection storage and staff areas. These will help Museum of the Riverina to conserve the objects in our care, and tell our region's story in new ways to wider audiences.

Landscaping of the outdoor display area and the construction of specialist outdoor displays will make it easier for everyone to enjoy the museum's collection of agricultural machinery.

Many significant pieces of agricultural machinery will be protected from the elements for the first time.

New storage and work spaces will allow the museum to stabilise and conserve important collection items out of the weather.

Important items, such as the state-significant Cook’s Galley, will be relocated to a dedicated indoor exhibition space and made more accessible to the public.

A new office for the Wagga Wagga & District Historical Society(external site) will preserve the special relationship between Museum of the Riverina and its parent society.

Fast Facts

  • Exciting new exhibitions for all ages exploring the people and environment of Wagga Wagga and surrounds.
  • New pathways indoor and out will give better accessibility to wheelchairs and prams exploring the museum.
  • Twice as much storage will mean the museum's 25,000 object collection will be better cared for in climate-controlled conditions
  • A specialist classroom will facilitate workshops, meetings and school programs.


  • 2019 Wrap up - Museum of the Riverina Redevelopment

    2 months ago
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    August 2019

    The Museum redevelopment plans and concepts go on public exhibition. Feedback and comments close on 19 August 2019.

    Council News: Museum upgrade plans on display.


    June 2019

    A 25 tonne crane was in action this month to assist with the huge task of relocating the majority of the Museum of the Riverina’s collection to a safe, off-site storage location.

    One item that will remain on site is the heritage-listed Cook’s Galley. Council successfully secured a $20,000 heritage grant from the Office of Environment & Heritage to fund the professional conservation of this significant object.


    April 2019

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    August 2019

    The Museum redevelopment plans and concepts go on public exhibition. Feedback and comments close on 19 August 2019.

    Council News: Museum upgrade plans on display.


    June 2019

    A 25 tonne crane was in action this month to assist with the huge task of relocating the majority of the Museum of the Riverina’s collection to a safe, off-site storage location.

    One item that will remain on site is the heritage-listed Cook’s Galley. Council successfully secured a $20,000 heritage grant from the Office of Environment & Heritage to fund the professional conservation of this significant object.


    April 2019

    Work started in March and continues this month to relocate historic agricultural equipment from the Museum of Riverina Botanic Gardens to an off-site storage location. A collection of ploughs, cultivators, rakes and a 1920s McCormick-Deering tractor (pictured below) were among the historic pieces moved; some of which are historically significant to the area.

    The careful relocation and secure storage of the museum’s collection is an important stage in the redevelopment project. Architects are currently preparing a design for the redevelopment which includes an extension to the current building, modifications to the existing building and site landscaping.


    January 2019

    More than $900,000 has been allocated for the delivery of a new project to enhance the Botanic Gardens precinct, with funding from Wagga Wagga City Council and the NSW Government's Regional Growth and Environment Tourism program.

    The project forms part of the overall Botanic Gardens Master Plan and will:

    • Provide an accessible footpath with interactive stations to connect the Botanic Gardens and the Museum of the Riverina, so that visitors can move between the two precinct areas with greater ease.
    • Enhance the Bamboo gardens, improve and refurbish some of the animal enclosures at the zoo and install engaging and informative signage to educate visitors.

    Below: Team members from the Botanic Gardens and the Museum of the Riverina take a look over the gardens' master plan at the announcement of a $900,000 project to improve the popular facility.


  • Project Background

    2 months ago


    The Museum of the Riverina Redevelopment Project should create a Museum precinct that is exciting and innovative, reflecting the surrounding landscape of Willans Hill, the Botanic Gardens and the broader Riverina region.

    The Museum of the Riverina (MoR) is funded and operated by Wagga Wagga City Council. The Museum has two sites: the Botanic Gardens site, which holds our collection and displays semi-permanent local exhibitions; and the Historic Council Chambers, which hosts temporary and travelling exhibitions.

    The Botanic Gardens site “Museum in the Gardens” is currently owned by the Wagga Wagga District Historical Society and Council has a 25 year...


    The Museum of the Riverina Redevelopment Project should create a Museum precinct that is exciting and innovative, reflecting the surrounding landscape of Willans Hill, the Botanic Gardens and the broader Riverina region.

    The Museum of the Riverina (MoR) is funded and operated by Wagga Wagga City Council. The Museum has two sites: the Botanic Gardens site, which holds our collection and displays semi-permanent local exhibitions; and the Historic Council Chambers, which hosts temporary and travelling exhibitions.

    The Botanic Gardens site “Museum in the Gardens” is currently owned by the Wagga Wagga District Historical Society and Council has a 25 year lease expiring in 2024. The “Museum in the Gardens” is located adjacent to the Botanic Gardens. It is connected by a walkway under Lord Baden Powell Drive. The site is on a hillside. This presents some difficulties, but also opportunities for innovative design.

    The outdoor areas contain a large part of the Museum’s agricultural collection and building collection. An assessment of these objects has been completed. Some items have been identified for deaccession. Others require specialist care.

    The Museum in the Gardens is currently staffed by two full-time staff and seven part-time staff. In 2016 the Botanic Gardens Site received approximately 15,000 visitors and future plans seek to increase visitor numbers. The Botanic Gardens site includes collection storage and staff areas and these are currently at capacity and do not allow for future growth. The redevelopment will also see a shift in the focus of the Museum with a greater emphasis on the Museum in the Gardens site.

    In 2017, MoR completed a Masterplan of the site which included an audit of current spaces and provided recommendations to allow future growth at the site. The Masterplan included an assessment of storage areas, a site survey and a safety and accessibility assessment. The Masterplan also made recommendations for better use of the outside spaces.

    Concept Plans were completed in February 2018. The plans for the building and landscaping were guided by the recommendations contained within the Masterplan.

    In May 2018, WWCC was successful in a grant application to the Regional Cultural Fund and progressed with Detailed Design for the building and landscaping. Sydney based Architects, Panovscott, were awarded the work following Council’s procurement process. Their design work was completed in August 2019.