Mary MacKillop Place Museum

Since opening in 1995 the museum has been at the centre of presenting the life story of the pioneering Australian Mary MacKillop - Australia's saint , and the co founder of the Catholic order of the Sisters of St Joseph, Fr Julian Tenison Woods.

Entrance to Mary MacKillopPlace Museum

The museum seeks to interpret the significant historical events surrounding the challenges and hardships of ministry life work in the context of colonial Australia, Mary MacKillop's contribution to education,social welfare and justice, the marking of significant contemporary events celebrating Mary MacKillop's legacy today and the current work of the Sisters of St Joseph nationally and internationally.

The museums mission is to present and explore the story of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop for the people of Australia and beyond.

A visit to the museum can include touch screen interactives, audio and film presentations and temporary exhibitions and public events. Pre booked guided tours are available daily.

The museum is part of a complex which includes hotel accomodation and conference facilities. Visit the Anderledy Lodge website


The major collection includes collection items belonging to Mary MacKillop, and the MacKillop family and associated friends, collection items belonging to Fr Julian Tenison Woods, and the Sisters of St Joseph.

The secondary collecting categories include:

Gifted items sgnificant to the history of the Congregation.

Indigenious objects and artworks collected through outreaching to rural communities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Objects and artworks relating to ministry activity internationally.

Liturgical objects and relics associated with the Catholic faith including; Religious devotional items , sacred art, vestment garments, and reliquary objects.