About Abbey Museum

The following short film tells the story of the Abbey Museum from its founder, Rev John SM Ward, and its genesis as the Abbey Folk Park in England, to its re-emergence in Caboolture, Queensland, as the Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology.

This film was made possible by the Regional Arts Development Fund – Moreton Bay

The Abbey Museum’s vision is to enrich lives through stories created from our collection.

We aspire to be a leading museum by:

  • Preserving its collections in accordance with best practice principles
  • Promoting an impartial view of world history
  • Providing quality cultural and educational experience

Story telling is a wonderful art form.  Our displays tell of the journey of humankind through history, while our events and public programs enable our patrons to make their own stories immersed in a curated experience.

-Edith Cuffe OAM, Director, Abbey Museum

Senior Curator Michael Strong with Anglo Saxon Funerary bucket

Senior Curator Michael Strong and a recently acquired Anglo Saxon funerary bucket (5th-7th century AD).

 We do this through:

  • Preserving, displaying, interpreting and acquiring objects that tell the human story from prehistory to the 19th century
  • Conducting a broad range of quality public programs that engage visitors of all ages
  • Maintaining a vibrant volunteer program providing ongoing training and upskilling, rewarding opportunities and recognition for participation
  • Financing the Museum’s ongoing development and sustainability
  • Sustaining our status as an accredited, award-winning museum with recognised charity status 

We believe in:

  • Responsible custodianship of the Abbey Museum collections entrusted to our care
  • Scientific and professional objectivity in our work
  • Promotion of ethical cultural values and the recognition of multiple world views
  • Respect for cultural diversity and in particular, acknowledgement of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia and Indigenous peoples worldwide
  • Legally and ethically obtained acquisitions
  • Excellence in all we do


Our ethos is one of inclusion. We aim to create a restorative environment where people connect and boost their well-being.

-Ann Baillie, Vice Chair, Abbey Museum

Abbey Museum Board Nov 2019

Left to Right – Robert Pitt, Sr Veronica Ruijgrok, Terrance Fitzsimmons, Ann Baillie, Michael Strong, Br Edward Strong, Paul Garcia, Edith Cuffe