Our Museums are temporarily closed until further notice.
Learn of the origins of motor racing in Bathurst since 1914 from the first Australian Grand Prix and the Vale circuit, through to present day supercar and GT car racing.
With over 100 racing cars and motorcycles, along with numerous small objects and ephemera that tell the story of motor racing in Australia. A constantly changing selection of exhibits on loan ensures that there is always something new to see.
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Around the Clock: Bathurst 12-Hour and 24-Hour Endurance Racers
Fast becoming a key event on the Australian and International motorsport calendar, the Bathurst 12-Hour attracts teams and drivers from across the globe, competing in the Intercontinental GT Challenge. The race’s profile is in stark contrast to relatively humble beginnings as a production car race in the early 1990s, with most entrants being local privateers.
The intervening years saw the race on hiatus for over a decade, punctuated by two 24-hour races in 2002 and 2003 that tested the viability of an endurance race for GT cars on Mount Panorama, but the rebirth of the Bathurst 12-Hour in 2007 would set the scene for the rise of a second world-class event at Australia’s greatest racing circuit. This exhibition looks back over the history of the Bathurst 12-hour and 24-hour endurance races and the evolution of the event since the first running in 1991.
The exhibition will close after Easter 2020.
Peter Brock Tribute
Following the tragic death of Peter Brock in a tarmac rally in Western Australia during 2006, fans from all over Australia made their pilgrimage to Brock’s Skyline at Mount Panorama to write tributes and messages to the King of the Mountain. These images show a selection of these messages from the concrete wall at Skyline over the past years.
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International Museum Selfie Day
Celebrate International Museum Selfie day with free entry to each of our Bathurst Regional Council Museums. Take a selfie during your visit to the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, National Motor Racing Museum, Chifley Home, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery or the Bathurst Historical Society Museum.
Just use hashtag #MuseumSelfieBathurst when you post on Facebook and Instagram and be in the running for a prize for most imaginative selfie of the day.
Held on the 3rd Wednesday of January every year.
Every Father’s Day a number of the museum’s replica racecars come out and visitors can book a seat for a lap of Mount Panorama!
Contact us here for more information.
In addition to our on-site activities, the NMRM’s outreach programs have taken cars and other material to locations as diverse as Sydney Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek, Wakefield Park in Goulburn, the Gold Coast, Winton Motor Raceway, Sandown Park in Melbourne, the Top Gear Festival and the Muscle Car Masters, and even overseas to the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Our collection has developed over 30+ years to include 17 cars, 5 motorcycles and outfits, plus some 4700 items ranging from programs images and ephemera to trophies, helmets and racing suits. The museum is extremely grateful to those who have kindly lent their cars, bikes, trophies and photographs. Without them the Museum could not operate.
Apart from the dozens of private individuals, commercial groups such as Triple Eight Race Engineering, Bowden’s Own, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Brad Jones Racing, the Australian Racing Drivers Club, Craig Lowndes, Suzuki Australia, HONDA MPE, Holden Motorsport, Mazda Racing and Volvo Australia have all contributed exhibits to the museum displays.
These loans range from recent Bathurst winning cars to personal collections of trophies, clothing and photographs.
Proximity to the race circuit makes the museum an especially fun and educational destination for families.
Facilities to make the group visit more enjoyable include our park with children’s playground equipment and gas barbeques.
Parking is plentiful. There is disabled access and toilets, a baby change table as well as cold drinks and a large well stocked shop.
For the little ones, we have a dedicated children’s play space in the foyer.