The Toula Museum of Australia Inc. is dedicated to documenting and teaching, as well as projecting and promoting to the Australian Public, the art, history and science of the Village of Toula, North Lebanon, as well as the Country of Lebanon and the greater geographical area of ancient Phoenicia.
Through the online Permanent Exhibitions hosted by the Museum, visitors will be provided with experiences and an understanding of the Village of Toula, North Lebanon, as well as Lebanon and Phoenicia.
The Toula Museum of Australia holds events and exhibitions that provide further insight into life in Toula as a living tradition; as well as those that brought these traditions to Australian shores. A state-of-the art highlight is portrayed in the Annual Saint Assia Feast Day Function, usually held in October each year, where the events of the traditional Saint Assia Feast Say, in Toula, North Lebanon, are re-lived and shared with members of the Australian Public. In 2010, the Annual Function was held on 11 December 2010.
The Toula Museum of Australia Inc first came into existence on 6 November 2009 and His Excellency, Bishop Ad Abi Karam, Maronite Bishop of Australia, officially declared the Toula Museum of Australia open, on 25 February 2010. Since its opening, it has quickly become a valued and well respected Museum within the Australian Community.
The story of this Museum begins many hundreds of years ago, when the Village of Toula, North Lebanon, was founded. The Museum tells the history of Toulanians in Australia and illustrates the richness of the life of Toulanians by showing their traditions. Major features of the Museum includes Pemanent Exhibitions (through this website) and many Temporary Exhibitions held at the former premises of the Museum in Gordon and at the current premises in Sydney and that continue to be held at the current premises of the Museum in the Sydney CBD, as well as elsewhere. The Museum also hosts an in-house Library.
Visitors to the Toula Museum of Australia are fascinated by their ability to examine original artefcats and objects, as well as original documents and photographs.
The collections housed in the Toula Museum of Australia, including but not limited to its permanent and temporary exhibitions, represent a very wide range of objects and artifacts that relate to the life, history and culture of the inhabitants of Toula and the greater Lebanon region. The Museum acknowledges that different interpretations can be made on the basis of different historical perspectives some visitors may have of these items. The Museum invites all members of the public to express their views to us and respects any comments that may be made. We will use this feedback to better our services to the Australian public and more efficiently comply with our mission and objectives. The Policies under which the Museum operates are available for public inspection upon request.