Pioneer Village Museum

The collection that is now the core of the Pioneer Village Museum was established by Mr Peter Mercer in 1942. It has operated on its present site since being taken over by the Burnie Council in 1970. The permanent exhibit of the early Burnie street scene was the first indoor street scene established in Australia. The street includes an INN, Dentist's Surgery, A Home, Carpenters, Printery, General Store and Saddlery. Authentic 19th Century materials, colours and Architectural styles have been used in the reconstruction. Current activities include curating temporary exhibitions and management of the collection cataloguing projects.


The collection was established in 1942 and consists of items that relate to the cultural heritage of the North West Coast of Tasmania including the detailed street scene of 1890 to 1910, charts, clothing, tools, personal effects and furnishings, WW I material, extensive pictorial history of the region and its residents, Emu Bay Railway and the Burnie Port