The Arms of Australia Inn  Museum
Cnr Great Western Highway and Gardenia Avenue Emu Plains NSW 2750

About Us

The Nepean District Historical Society Inc
The Museum Buildings and Functions

In 1924 a meeting was held in Penrith by Arthur Judges who saw the benefits of keeping items of Australian history alive for future generations.
At the meeting a resolution was passed to form the Nepean District Historical Society. Another meeting was reported to elect the office bearers, but after that there is no further knowledge of this group.
The society was officially re-established the 12th of August 1947. It continued to operate from the private homes of members until 1971 when it was granted use of the old Arms of Australia Inn building that had been left in disrepair.
Five years later, after extensive restoration and hard work, the society relocated to the inn and it has been the headquarters of the society ever since. The society collects information, photos and artefacts that were used, or relate to, the local Penrith and Nepean district.
The society meets on the fourth Saturday of each month at the museum at 1pm for general business and generally has a guest speaker.
Member activities include historical tours, a monthly newsletter which can be down loaded via the Side Menu, social functions and displays. There is also the opportunity to learn about and participate in the history of the area.
For more information please call the Inn on (02) 4735 4394 during opening hours

The Arms of Australia Inn is a working museum which is operated by The Nepean District Historical Society (NDHS). The site is owned by Penrith City Council who have appointed a 355 community committee to assist the council in managing the site.
As the site is a working museum, community access for private functions is generally not granted due to safety and security concerns.
When there is a very special community event requiring a historical backdrop,  including weddings, NDHS and the 355 committee will work as a team to ensure the event is successful. Council fees and bonds may apply for using the grounds and charges may also apply for Museum volunteers to be on-site.
The on-site kitchen is not suitable for catering purposes. Liquor is permitted, however smoking is not permitted anywhere on the grounds.
Email: info@armsof