The Australian MOTORLIFE Museum

Home of the Paul Butler Collection

Pedr Davis OAM, Jeremy Morris SC, Warren Brown, Wayne Gardner AM


Monday by appointment

 Tuesday & Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 9.00 - 4.30
Friday: 9.00 - 4.30
Saturday: 9.00 - 4.30
Sunday: 9.00 - 4.30

LAST ENTRY TIME: - 3.30pm (to give time to look around)


The Australian MOTORLIFE Museum is now open for business

Thursday - Sunday


Adult: $17.50 pp
Child: 6-16 yrs: $6.00 pp

Child Under 6 yrs: free
Concession & Seniors Card: $15.00 pp
*Groups: $15.00 pp (by Appointment so we have adequate volunteers to look after you)

Morning and Afternoon tea: $7.00 (Served in the Brabham Room)
BBQ or Light Lunch also available
*All meals are Prearranged by Calling (02) 42 614 100 Mondays & Thursdays
*Prices are subject to change without notice

About the Museum

The Australian MOTORLIFE Museum is a not for profit volunteer organisation with Authority to Fund Raise as a Tax Exempt Charity that began in the early 1990’s with a group of veteran and Vintage motoring enthusiasts building the Illawarra Motor Museum with the sole purpose of showcasing the Veteran and Vintage cars to all Australian and international visitors.

With the inclusion of more exhibits there was a need expand so we moved into the new building with a new name to include “Motorlife” which was chosen from an early magazine publication so as to cover not only the main exhibits, the cars, motorcycles and bicycles but also the technology that helped change the face of Australia during the late 1800’s and so you will see a very wide range of exhibits from tools, gramophones, typewriters, scales, telephones and more, with a lot of the exhibits resorted by our volunteers or on loan from members and friends.

The museum houses: The Paul Butler Collection which is the accumulation of many years of collecting a wide range of cars and memorabilia; one person’s passion. The Wayne Gardner Collection of trophies and motorcycles. The NRMA Heritage display. And some fine examples of Australian motoring heritage.

Motorlife has continued to run popular events for the enthusiast over the years such as our Annual Expo on the October Long Weekend, Wheels in Motion on the 2nd Sunday of every month and we are a venue for National Motoring Heritage Day in May.

The Members Room opened by and named in honor of Sir Jack Brabham can be hired for functions with a fully equipped industrial kitchen and bar area. There are also seating nooks in our café area for morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea (bookings required) other facilities include seating on the veranda to enjoy your packed lunch. We are easy walking distance from a BBQ picnic area with full playground all set in a beautiful parkland.

Our visitors can take their time exploring our single storey building with easy access for wheelchairs and full amenities including parent changing room. We allow visitors to take photos and we have a few interesting photo opportunities for our visitors.
The Committee of The Australian MOTORLIFE Museum 

Motoring Library

Anyone who would like to access the library acquisitions can do so by appointment with the Librarian by calling the Museum on 42614100

The museum has an extensive library consisting of:
Magazines: over 12,000 magazines including Autosport, Motorsport, RCN, SCW, Wheels, Modern Motor, Motor Manual, The Autocar, T&CC, C&SC, Road & Track and many motor bike issues.
Follow the magazine link to access the catalogue on

General motoring books - over 2500 books covering all aspects of motoring and motor sport
Follow the Books link to access the catalogue on TinyCat. 

Over 5000 items consisting of reference and technical books, parts catalogues, workshop manuals, ephemera, maps, etc
The catalogue is accessible in the museum library.

All items are accessible for reference/research at the museum with prior arrangement. The museum entry fee includes supervised access to the library contents.

Any and all donations to the library will be gratefully received.

The library is usually staffed on Mondays and Thursdays between 9am and 3pm and can be contacted on 


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  •  11-06-2020 01:35 PM

The Australian MOTOR MUSEUM will not be holding its Annual Motoring EXPO for 2020

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  •  06-10-2019 08:30 AM - 06-10-2019 02:00 PM
  •   94 Darkes Road, Kembla Grange NSW 2526, Australia

The Australian MOTORLIFE Museum will NOT be holding its Annual EXPO for 2020. The Australian MOTORLIFE Museum’s major fundraising event of the year. There is always an amazing array of veteran and vintage motor vehicles on display for all to see in the grounds around the museum. This years showcasing is a rare display of significant Racing Cars available for viewing in the museum. If you’d like to display your classic, veteran or vintage pride and joy, you can enter on the day for $10. There will be Trophies awarded for ‘the best of’ categories. A great family day out with demonstrations and discussions, BBQ & Coffee, Double-Decker Bus rides and more! The Australian MOTORLIFE Museum is the second largest museum of its kind in Australia. Our displays provide a fascinating perspective of not only historic motor vehicles but parallel technological development, particularly of the period c.1880 to 1950. Entry to the museum on the day will be at a special rate of $12 adults, $6 for children aged 6 to 16 years with children under 5 years free. We expect another fantastic day so come along and join in the fun! See you there! A PDF of the Entry Form or Hard Copies are available on Request. Phone: 4261 4100 Email:

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  •  19-05-2019 09:30 AM - 19-05-2019 04:30 PM
  •   Australian Motorlife Museum - Integral Energy Recreation Park, 94 Darkes Rd, Kembla Grange 2526

National Heritage Day is an initiative of the Australian Historic Motoring Federation. National Heritage Day is an annual even held the 3rd Sunday in May that is supported by heritage and historic clubs throughout Australia. Thousands of vehicles from the oldest veterans to the youngest collectable (30 years old) cars, trucks, buses, motorbikes, ex-military vehicles and tractors get out and about promoting Australia's motoring heritage to the wider community, and showing business and government the strength of the Australian heritage and historic motoring movement. The Australian Motorlife Museum is an ideal destination for all car clubs or individuals out for a drive on the day. Just come along whether in a group or on your own, you never know what else you might see in the ample parking around the museum and there are plenty of shaded areas suitable for picnics, There will be a sausage sizzle BBQ as well as hot and cold drinks from the museum’s café to cater for hungry travellers but of course the best reason to come is the museum itself, one of the best in the country. There is a special discounted admission of $12 on the day (kids $6). There will also be free rides around the local lanes in vintage cars for visitors to the museum.

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Australian MOTORLIFE Museum members are a group of people interested in heritage motoring and also parallel advancements in technology during the same period that saw the evolution of the motor vehicle.

Australian MOTORLIFE Museum is managed by an annually elected committee and our membership takes a keen interest in the life of the Museum by attending meetings, events and by volunteering their time to assist in the running of the Museum in some way and aim to use their skills and some time to help the Museum achieve its goals.

Australian MOTORLIFE  Museum offers several different types of membership. Membership with full voting rights, Membership plus Partner with full voting rights for both. Applicants who are not known by Members will be offered membership as Friends of AMM (without voting rights) for 12 months when upon agreement of both parties membership can be transferred to Full Membership.

For further information please contact us

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Australasian Motor Museums Association
Council Of Motor Clubs
Council Of Heritage Motor Clubs N.S.W
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Function room and gift shop

Gift shop

The gift shop at Australian Motorlife Museum is full of unusual gifts for your male and female friends and relatives. Why not take a look at our gift shop, you do not need to enter the Museum to do so, and have a coffee and make a purchase which will delight the lucky recipient.

Function room

Our function Room, The Brabham Room, opens onto a verandah and grassed area which is included in the hire and is a great place to continue the party outdoors or for kids to play in full view. The layout of the Brabham Room is able to be arranged to suit the needs of any occasion. The Brabham Room is available for hire for both day and evening functions 7 days a week. We have tables and seating for 80 people with Crockery and cutlery available for an additional cost. An equipped industrial kitchen is available for an extra cost. The Brabham Room is suitable for weddings, conferences, club meetings, regular bookings, training in services, birthdays, or just an event to get together with family and friends. The Brabham Room is ready for you to make it your own. Please see contacts page of this site to make enquiries.


  • Integral Energy Recreation Park, 94 Darkes Road, Kembla Grange 2526 N.S.W