Set in the beautiful and historic Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald Museum is a local history museum and archive. The Museum tells the story of Emerald's colourful past through displays of memorabilia, photographs and documents dating from early aboriginal occupation to the present day. Emerald Museum houses and selectively displays approximately 2,000 photographs, 600 memorabilia, documentary records, including contemporary records and family histories relevant to the economic, social and environmental history of the Emerald district.
Nobelius Heritage Park
The four and a half hectare heritage site was part of the world-famous Nobelius Nursery, started in 1886 by Swedish immigrant Carl Axel Nobelius.
The nursery exported fruit and ornamental trees to five continents and, through the supply of exotic trees to municipalities throughout Australia, had a significant influence on the nation's landscapes. The nursery covered more than 650 hectares at its peak just before WWI, employed 80 people and was the largest exporter of fruit and ornamental trees in the Southern Hemisphere.
The park is preserved as a remnant of this historic enterprise, with many specimens of trees once stocked by the nursery. Nobelius Heritage Park and Emerald Museum (NHPEM) Friends Group is a group of like minded people looking after the park for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike. You can combine a visit to Emerald Museum with a walk in this beautiful park.
Both the Emerald Museum and the Nobelius Heritage Park are managed by a volunteer committee under the authority of Cardinia Shire Council. Hours are subject to change due to volunteer availability.