The Museum records the social history of South East Queensland since European settlement. Cleveland was one of the earliest settled areas and for a hundred years was a thriving farming community specialising in fruit and vegetables for the Brisbane area. The Museum presents a range of topics in its spacious display areas. Travelling exhibitions, community displays and in-house short term exhibitions change every six to eight weeks, and complement a wide variety of thematic rooms and historic presentations.
Recreations of circa 1900 household rooms including elegant sitting room, music room with working pianolas, bedroom and nursery, early settler kitchen, hospital room, and laundry with its wooden tubs, complemented by 1920 'Cleveland School' room. Other features include Maritime and Military rooms, & a dedicated history of 80 years of Australian wireless. The chapel houses beautifully restored stained and leadlight windows. A comprehensive collection of horse drawn and mechanical vehicles including Railmotor, Cobb & Co coach, Model T Ford, buggies, sulkies and carts.