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SEEN@Swansea hosts a series of exhibitions exploring Lake Macquarie’s history, community stories and treasures, as well as special shows on themes ranging from dinosaurs to recycled sculpture.

Coming Soon

Shared stories: Treasures of the Local Studies Collection


Saturday, 13 February 2021 - Sunday, 28 March 2021

Discover the joys and sorrows of Lake Macquarie’s fascinating past in this new SEEN exhibition. Human experiences have been repeated throughout history.  Our forebears faced loss and mistakes and enjoyed success and celebrations just as we do. Treasures showcases never before exhibited and newly acquired objects and photographs from our Local Studies Collection.  The exhibition tells the stories of our shared experiences and connects us to our region’s past. 

Monday - Sunday, 10am-2pm
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Now Showing

Never be Late for a Parade: an exhibition of book illustrations by Shaun Tan


Saturday 19 Dec 2020 – Saturday 31 January 2021

This exhibition features a collection of illustrations from Shaun Tan`s best-known picture books including The Arrival, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and the Singing Bones, and celebrates his unique approach to storytelling through this selection of brilliant images, as varied and fascinating as their narratives.

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Open Monday - Sunday 10am-2pm

Touring Exhibitions

Awaba: Know Our Stories

Provide an enriching cultural and educational experience at your school, community facility or workplace with the Lake Macquarie City Council touring exhibition Awaba: Know Our Stories.

Meet our Aboriginal neighbours.  Each exhibition panel features Aboriginal community members talking about life at Lake Macquarie, work and impact, family, community, identity and history accompanied by their portrait.  Exhibition participants are available to activate the exhibition at your site.

The exhibition content can be used by schools in meeting the Cross Curriculum Priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.  It is also gives students an opportunity to develop their General Capabilities.  The exhibition may assist in teaching Indigenous cultural awareness at your workplace or supporting NAIDOC week at your community facility.

The exhibition is supplied free of charge and will be installed by Lake Macquarie City Council staff.

Download the education resource and instructions(PDF, 4MB) to learn more.



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