About Us

Who we are

Eskbank House Museum is the Lithgow districts regional museum. Set within a historic estate, the museum aims to collect, preserve and interpret the histories associated with the early settlement and development of the region.         

Initially opened to the public on 21 November 1966 as a house museum, one of the earliest house museums in Australia, the collection quickly expanded to support the research interests of the Lithgow District Historical Society. The collection developed to include objects of state and national significance, including the important Iron Black Roses, Sutton Family Crazy Patchwork Quilt, Sir Joseph Cook Collection, and the Lithgow Valley Colliery Company Collection (Lithgow Pottery).


Eskbank House Museum’s vision is to be a vibrant cultural centre that illuminates the region’s past and celebrates the present through a dynamic program that values heritage and the arts.


Eskbank House Museum’s mission is to:

promote an understanding and appreciation for the Lithgow region’s past by

  • developing, preserving and interpreting an important collection; 
  • preserving and interpreting the historic estate;
  • delivering programs that highlight the cultural heritage, people and events that shaped the region

encourage the local community to engage with contemporary artistic practice by

  • delivering exhibitions, workshops, and learning programs for all ages;
  • providing opportunities for local creatives to exhibit their work or practice

In the telling of the regions histories, Eskbank House Museum is complemented by many wonderful and unique museum collections such as the Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park, Newnes Hotel, Local Studies Centre, Lithgow and District Family History Society, The Glen Museum, and Hartley Historic Site.

Eskbank House Museum is owned and operated by Lithgow City Council, and run with the support of a dedicated volunteer team.