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Moonta Mines Museum

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Address: 151 Verran Tce | Moonta Mines, Moonta, South Australia 5558, Australia
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+61 8 8825 1891
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13:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 13:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The museum is located in the former Moonta Mines Model School, erected in...

The museum is located in the former Moonta Mines Model School, erected in 1878. The school remained an active and important centre for the Moonta Mines community for ninety years and closed in 1968. The museum has 15 rooms and houses thematic displays on the Cornish miners' lifestyles - mining, lodges and friendly societies, sports and pastimes, death and hardship, extensive displays of costumes, china, silverware, photographs and memorabilia and a classroom furnished c.1900.

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Well worth the visit! So much history in this little seaside community. Don't forget to take the Train trip.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Vicki L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the visit! So much history in this little seaside community. Don't forget to take the Train trip.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the train ride through the site and listening to the history was so interesting and so glad we did it. About an hour train ride, my son loved it, and we learnt so much about it. Definitely worth the visit if your in the area

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Thank Naykaye
Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time at the mines, especially with the train ride. However, we felt that the area can be better developed to show more history, life of the miners, the mining process etc. It is a great place to learn about copper mining, its just that it can be improved to make it even better.

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Thank hansche07
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice place to visit. The history of moonta mines is fascinating. The moonta mines rail is a good day out a fantastic ride showing the heritage of the mines. My heritage. But overall worth the visit and well priced

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Thank Steven M
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic story!! Really pleased that we took the time out to visit Moonta Mines. Enjoyed listening to their history, how profitable they were and the immense hardship our forefathers had to endure. The kids loved the train ride (8 y/o), although I wouldn't recommend for non-train loving teenagers.

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Thank tux43
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Moonta area is history rich. A visit to this museum is a must as you are acquainted with what happened here many years ago. Staff are knowledgeable and helpful.

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Thank Vince A
Watervale, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

One of the best and most unusual museums we've visited over many years - it perfectly pictures the mining era and the people who lived and worked here.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

we were lucky, just one other couple and us, Watty told us so much about the history or the area, he is obviously passionate and a good tour guide, don't miss it if you are in the area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

The museum is in the old mine school which once had 1100 students. It does a good job of telling the story of the mines and the people of the area. There is a 50 minute narrow-gauge rail tour around the area of the old mines that provides a perspetive on the extent of the mines. The train driver/guide provides... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

We went on the 2 pm train ride at the museum train station. It takes about 50 minutes and costs$8 adults. It was excellent. The commentary was so interesting and it explains everything about the copper mines. You'll love it.

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