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Moonta Mines Museum

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Address: Verran Tce | Moonta Mines, Moonta, South Australia 5558, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8825 1891
13:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 13:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Most unusual museum

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 October 2016
Watervale, Australia
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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.

1 Thank Laraine-N
Adelaide, Australia
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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 

Thank Les W
Adelaide, Australia
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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.

Thank Kokomo2014
La Spezia, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

With Miss 5 and Miss 2 we went through the museum while waiting for the train. At first we thought it might be little sophisticated (boring) for the littlies but the staff were wonderful and gave us a worksheet for them to find things. They loved it and it was very memorable and interesting. Worth every cent.

Thank robynfabs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

What a fantastic arvo!! Took our 3 x kids (4,2&1) and they were all fascinated in their own ways. Train driver / tour guide was highly informative and friendly and with under school age kids free we will never get better value for our $16 than this. A must do in Moonta.

Thank Benjamin S
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

We went on the historical train ride around Moonta Mines last Saturday. You must be flexible as the train does not run in extreme heat or the rain. After our trip they cancelled all further trips for the day due to rain. It is very well priced and the trip takes 45 minutes. The volunteer guide was a wealth of... More 

Thank wendy22102
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Attended Friday 29th April with 4 adults & 6 kids. We only made use of the train ride which was good value at $4 each for kids & $8 for adults. The tour guide, Ben, was informative, friendly & helped make it a memorable experience. He welcomed questions & engaged the kids, which encouraged them to ask questions & kept... More 

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Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

We went to the Moonta mines and rode the railway around some of the shafts and buildings that were there during the boom period of the copper discovery. Found it very interesting and the driver/ guide gave us a great insight on the workings of the mines, the people and what happened during this time. I would recommend this to... More 

Thank Graeme B
Port Augusta, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

I was surprised at how many interesting displays were in the museum, could go back here again and look over the information about the settling of this area, that I didn't have the chance to look at as group host. Staff were pleasant and knowledgable

Thank Meg R

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