THE Nielsen family took a step back in time this week when they visited the Bundaberg and District Historical Museum.

Dad Lee and his daughter's Renee, 11, Amy, nine, Kayla, seven and Brooke, five, got a look at the past at the museum located in Bundaberg's Botanic Gardens.

"I think the girls all liked different aspects of it," Mr Nielsen said.

"The ladies there were very nice and put on some things for them to do, like colouring."

Mr Nielsen said the girls especially liked being able to play with an old typewriter.

"I was surprised they were allowed to touch something like that," he said.

"The staff encouraged the girls to touch and look at a lot of the old stuff."

He said that from cameras to whips and blacksmith's buggies, there was plenty to see in the museum.

"The school exhibit they had was pretty good," he said.

"They had the rules for female teachers in 1915, which was interesting."

Among the rules for the teachers were not being allowed to get married during the contract, having no male friends, starting the fire by 7am so the classroom would be warm by 8am and a requirement to wear at least two petticoats no higher than two inches above their ankles.

"It was a different culture back then," Mr Nielsen said.

"It's a lot different so that was quite fascinating."

Mr Nielsen said the family found plenty of interesting items.

"I think it's got something for everyone," he said.

"I think a lot of older people would like going and seeing things and saying, 'Oh, I remember that'."

Fast facts

The Bundaberg and District Historical Museum can be found in the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, near Cafe 1928

The Bundaberg and District Historic Society was founded in 1969 and aims to conserve and preserve the history of Bundaberg and its district

The museum has more than 3000 photos of local businesses, buildings, schools, and other Bundaberg sites

The complex is open seven days from 10am-4pm