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(Pioneer cottage with wisteria flowers in bloom, a green bike is parked out the front
A cottage door painted maroon with a white border
Stone smokehouse with museum building in the background
View of showcases inside a museum, a large yellow doll house is on display.

Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum

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Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum is a historic museum complex surrounded by 2.25 hectares of bushland. Established in 1884, the historical buildings, walking tracks, cottage garden, barbecue area and family playground are the perfect place to explore early history in Whitehorse. The cottage adjoins the Yarran Dheran bushland park in the heart of Mitcham.

What's On

Come along for a special opportunity to explore inside Schwerkolt Cottage and learn about its construction and history. Tour the 19th-century stone cottage with a guide and walk around the barn, smithy, smokehouse, cellar and orcharding shed.

Explore the local history room with Whitehorse Historical Society and warm up with a Devonshire tea.

The Needlework Tapestry Guild of Victoria will be inside the museum giving demonstrations. See stunning examples of furniture and wood craft on display by the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.

Children's Activities

Kids can see the Pepperwood Farm doll house inside the museum and get inspired to create their own fairy house or furniture at craft activity stations. The extensive grounds also include a barbecue area and family playground.

In Collaboration With:

  • Whitehorse Historical Society

    First founded as the Nunawading Historical Society in 1965, the purpose of the Whitehorse Historical Society is to foster historical interest and knowledge; and to collect, document, research, preserve and exhibit items that show how people have lived and worked in the Whitehorse area.

  • The Needlework Tapestry Guild of Victoria Inc.

    We aim to foster and support the practice of, and interest in, needlework throughout Victoria with particular emphasis on needlepoint tapestry. The Guild actively promotes the creative crafts of needlepoint tapestry and other stitchery within the community through exhibitions, demonstrations, classes and workshops. The Guild was established in 1963.

  • Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking

    The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking (The Guild) was founded by Alastair Boell in 2007. After graduating from the world-renowned North Bennet Street School in Boston, USA, Alastair felt that there was a great need in Australia for an educational facility that focused on traditional skills.

Images: (1) Schwerkolt Cottage. (2) Schwerkolt Cottage kitchen door. (3) Smokehouse and Schwerkolt Museum, (4) Inside Schwerkolt Museum with Pepperwood Farm doll house. All photos: courtesy of Whitehorse City Council.

Important Details

Time & Date

Sunday 28 July
Open access 12pm-4pm
Tours run 12.30pm, 1.30pm + 2.30pm
Running for 20 minutes in groups of 16

No bookings required. Tour group capacity is limited and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

Park at Deep Creek Road entrance and wait for tours in the cottage garden


Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby

Parking is very close to the entrance


2-10 Deep Creek Rd, Mitcham VIC 3132

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