Moonta Mines Museum
Moonta Mines Museum
4.5
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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nonn
Sydney, Australia505 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is in the old school building and has all the history of the mines and schooling. It was very interesting to go through it. It cost $8 per adult. Worth it
Written 19 October 2023
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Margaret Margie Meg
Adelaide, Australia585 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The train ride was interesting and fun. The train driver and the recorded narrator provided a wealth of knowledge.

You must also visit the sweatshop across the road from the train station.
Written 11 October 2023
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CHRISTINE S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
One of the best country town museums I have visited I was amazed at the collection of memorabilia. Such a grand building. We just loved it.
Written 11 August 2023
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Cee
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Excellent. Was so interesting to learn about the history of the mine. We went on with our 4 young children aged 6 & under. The toddler & baby were very restless but it was still great for all ages
Written 19 January 2023
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Judysim
Brisbane, Australia174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Excellent museum. Displays are well presented and there is so much there. Perhaps one of the best museums I have visited. Betterbthan the Museum of Australia in Canberra I think. Limited opening hours as staffed by volunteers. A credit to the community.
Written 31 March 2022
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FrankY
Tanunda, Australia13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Been to a number of small town museums and this is perhaps one of the tidiest.

Many interesting rooms, need to do more than one visit to take it all in.

Volunteer was watching something on her phone that echoed through the building, might’ve been nice to have some audio to drown that out!
Written 25 February 2022
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Anita T
Melbourne, Australia349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
As members of the National Trust, our entry was free. But the entry fee is low and the museum is well worth a visit. The history of Moonta and its copper mining was told in photos, artefacts and models.
Written 30 May 2021
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Friends
The Moonta Mines Museum consists of the museum itself, a 45 minute train ride at the adjoining Moonta Mines Railway and the self-guided Moonta Mines Walking trails that allow you to explore the geology and mining ruins in the area.

We started our visit with the Hughes walk about 650 metres from the complex. It is a heritage walk around the Hughes Engine House and the ruins near it. There is a brochure available online and from the Moonta Mines Museum and Moonta Tourist Office but the walk is well sign-posted. I found the main structures quite evocative and excellent photography subjects. One of the children we know, who visited separately, was enamoured with seeing the “Repunzel” tower. Nearby is the Moonta Mines Uniting Church along Bower St with a Sunday School Museum but the tourist services are currently suspended due to COVID but you can peek in the windows from the steps that take you to the higher storey.

The Museum itself in located in fourteen rooms of the old Moonta Mines Model School. I found it a well-structured display of the Moonta miner’s lifestyle. Highlights for me were the mining exhibits at the start, the Cornish heritage, the cartoons and biography of Oswald Prior and, towards the end, the old classroom looking like a small lecture theatre. Another family member found the geology exhibit interesting. The music, death and societies rooms (at the end) were the least engaging but were still presented in a manner that made them interesting. There was a sign saying a photography permit was required but that is only for more professional photography; hand-held no-flash photography was allowed without one.

This attraction is run by the National Trust of SA. It was free for us Vic Trust members but $8 for the museum for my sister who used her ticket to come back the same day with her grandchildren. It can close a little early (as the museum did when we visited) or run extra trains (as it did when we visited) depending on availability of volunteers. There is also the Moonta Mines Sweet Shop with old-fashioned and more current sweets but there is always quite a queue not helped by COVID restrictions. My husband finished the museum early and queued for us for over 15 minutes to get our goodies.

We were operating on a time limit and weren’t organised enough to take a ride on the train. I think it takes you through similar areas to the also not-taken Ryan’s Walk and Hancock’s Walk. As the museum is open 11:00 am to 4:00 pm school holidays (after Dec 26th) and 1 pm to 4:00pm otherwise I would visit the outside walks in the morning, schedule a train ride (only Wednesdays, Saturday & Sunday unless public / school holidays where more are scheduled (check website for times when planning and be aware that very hot and very wet weather can cause closures)). All-in-all it is a place I will revisit to take the train, the other walks and re-explore the museum again.
Written 26 February 2021
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Michael T
Adelaide, Australia13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Friends
A well worth visit to this venue for what is a very informative 45 minute train trip around the historical mines, we’ve done it twice now and was even better the second time.
Written 15 January 2021
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LCrawfer
Australia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Such an amazingly curated museum in the middle of nowhere.

Admittedly my grandma went to the school that is now the museum back in the 1930s & 1940s, so I was personally interested in seeing everything within.

Despite this, it was actually fascinating for my children (aged 10 & 7) as they were given a treasure hunt / quiz of sorts to complete throughout (spot the Queen Victoria picture, spot the wig, that sort of thing. The advantage of this is they has a clipboard and pen in hand which helped keep there hands of the multitude of the exhibits.

From mining, to Cornish cooking, to the school students, and life within the community back when the mine was open, the museum has it all.

Highly recommend.
Written 10 January 2021
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