The two front rooms of the museum were formerly a miner's cottage that was donated to the Historical Society by the Barker family, hence the name. These rooms have been furnished in period style. An extension was built onto the rear of this cottage to house a wonderful display of photographs and other items highlighting Harrietville's colourful history. Many other photographs, documents, etc. are held on file. The Gold shed is a stand alone building showcasing the area's rich gold mining history. Many unique and interesting items are on display. The gold shed also has a large database of photo's, maps, reports, etc. which are held on computer. Copies of most photographs etc. from both buildings are available on request for a reasonable fee.