The museum is housed in the Jamestown Railway Station built in 1885 which replaced the original timber-framed weatherboard building that burnt down in 1884. It was opened as a museum during the 1971 District Centenary Celebrations.
The collection reflects the bygone way of life in this farming community, highlighting the history of the Bundaleer Forest and the beginnings of businesses such as Southern Farmers and MS McLeod Ltd. personal items and biographical information of Sir John Cockburn, former mayor, prominent politician and SA Premier 1889-90 and information about other well known South Australians such as Reginald M Williams, are in the feature display.
The people of Jamestown and District have supported their museum by donating a surprising variety of items of local historical significance. What has a butterfly collection have to do with the First World War? Why is the Iron Lung displayed with items from the flour mill? Come and see. There are many other items on display.