Immerse yourself in the history of Williamstown by visiting the Museum. The collection highlights this historical seaport’s maritime history, and also includes furniture, costumes, sporting memorabilia, paintings, photographs and a wide range of social history exhibits that illustrate life in Williamstown from the 1840s.

Managed by the Williamstown Historical Society (founded in 1956), the Museum is located in the Mechanics Institute, 5 Electra Street Williamstown, a National Trust listed building dating from 1860. It is Williamstown’s most comprehensive history outlet, offering books, booklets, brochures, postcards, souvenirs & research services.

Reduced opening times: Due to a shortage of volunteers, our museum will only open on the first and third Sundays until further notice.

Please Note :   Due to the huge number of queries by mail, email, phone and visits to the museum, our tiny research group has been overwhelmed. Answers to queries are now running at least nine weeks behind the queries, and each month more arrive to increase the backlog.

The Museum is located in the Mechanics Institute, a National Trust building dating from 1860.

The Museum is located in the Mechanics Institute,
a National Trust building dating from 1860.

Museum opening times

  • Sundays, 2.00 to 5.00 pm.
  • Group and school visits are available by appointment.
  • Guided coach tours are also available.