As the only alpine museum at the time the collection quickly expanded to include material from Australia’s other resorts. So in 2002 the name was changed to the National Alpine Museum of Australia to reflect its national focus.
From humble beginnings with 60 donated items, today NAMA has over 15,000 objects which chart the development of Australia’s alpine regions, the history of winter sport in Australia and tell the stories and achievements of both famous and infamous alpine personalities.
In 1999, following the fifty-year anniversary of the installation of the first rope tow at Mt Buller and the formation of several ski clubs, Sandy Jeffcoat, then CEO of the Resort Management Board and David Hume, a former Chairman of Orange Ski Lifts, with support from the Mt Buller Ratepayers Association decided it would be a good idea to establish a museum in order to preserve the history of the local community. They saw that many of the people involved with setting up the ski industry in its early days at Mt Buller were getting old and if their histories were not captured were at risk of being lost forever. Gathering together interested and enthusiastic people this group started the process of creating a museum. On 3 October 1999 local parliamentarian, Graeme Stoney, formally opened the Mt Buller Museum.