Soldiers settlement museum closing its doors

One of Campbelltown's most beloved museums is closing its doors after 15 years.

The Soldiers Settlement Museum at Campbelltown East Public School will hold its last open day on April 25 - Anzac Day - and organisers want everyone to come along and say farewell.

The school is growing and needs the classrooms where the museum is housed to cater for an increased student population.

While the volunteer group behind the museum - Karen and Les Winch, Gillian and Colin Ludgate and Kerrie Heath - are sad to close this chapter, they are proud of everything they have achieved in the past 15 years.

"There are so many memories here," Ms Winch said.

"It's such an achievement to reach 15 years and what better day to finish up than Anzac Day, honouring our soldiers."

Ms Winch said the school offered to relocate the museum to a new building on the school grounds, but the volunteer group declined.

"We considered it, but we all have jobs and family commitments that make it hard to keep this going," she said.

"Also, the cost of constructing a new building just for the museum would have been very high - that money can be better spent directly on the students.

"We're proud of everything that we've done and want to go out on a high.

"Now is the right time to say goodbye, as sad as it is."

The museum is filled with donated artifacts that speak to the long military history of the Campbelltown area.

All items will be returned to the people and organisations that donated them following the final open day.

Ms Winch said her favourite part of running the museum was seeing the joy on children's faces.

"We're a hands-out-of-pockets museum, so the kids are allowed to pick up and play with everything," she said.

"I always loved seeing kids learning new things and the big smiles on their faces."

Ms Winch said she had thousands of happy photos of the museum throughout the years that would be a great reminder of the site's success.

She thanked everyone who had helped make the museum a delight over the years.

Everyone who has donated items to the museum will be required to collect them following Anzac Day and must contact the organisers at SSMCEPS@hotmail.com to arrange a time.

Dismantling and packing the items will take time so it is important to coordinate with the volunteers.