West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan

West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan

West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Established in 1963 the West Coast Heritage Centre Zeehan has continued to grow and offers visitors a comprehensive experience and understanding of the history, heritage and culture of the Tasmanian West Coast. Visitors can experience everything from an Edwardian picture show in the historic Gaiety Theatre to the modern day underground mine simulation as part of their visit. The galleries and exhibits highlight the efforts of the pioneers', both men, women and children who carved an existence from the remote wilderness in search of Tasmanian mineral wealth and developed the region as we know it today.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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donnai123
33 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
If you are passing through Zeehan do not miss this museum. Once you step inside you will not be disappointed.The amount of information & displays is incredible from mining & local history to the amazing rock & mineral collection.One of the best museums we have visited.
Written 17 November 2023
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Typical-60plus
Calgary, Canada109 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Very interesting and very well organized. Great for adults and families. Great for learning about mining and history.

Beautiful rocks and minerals. Worth it if you only do this part
Written 8 November 2023
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judithsS2269OH
Australind, Australia18 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Great displays. Well worth the visit.
And whilst there don’t forget to get some of Carol’s delicious homemade sausage rolls.
Written 1 November 2023
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char5656
Adelaide, Australia347 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Really worth a visit if passing though Zeehan and have the time. The history and set up of the entire place is great. Plenty to see when walking around.
Written 19 October 2023
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Mark J
Sydney, Australia43 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
This place is an unbelievable place to visit !! My wife and I stepped in to get out the wind and rain but we were both stunned by the history shown in the Heritage Centre .Police ,theatre, Masonic, medical,military and of course mining history is there to be seen.Go and see this !
Written 16 October 2023
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Stuart M
Launceston, Australia5 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
excellent museum definately better than I thought A lot more to see than what it appears from first appearance
Written 18 September 2023
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PeterLangston
Tamworth, Australia1,005 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Couples
We went to the very well credentialed and commented on West Coast Heritage Centre, in the main street - Main Street. It was very good, although the main building, which spans two floors, is largely about rocks, how to get them and what sometimes happens to those who go underground. There was a dated video display which was never the less very effective, about the great mining disaster at Queenstown's Mount Lyell mine. In 1912, a fire broke out deep underground, trapping 92 men. Over five days and by a convoluted and difficult pathway, 50 were rescued. Rescue teams came by ship and rail to affect the rescue, breaking all sorts of travel records. When it was clear there would be no more survivors, the mine was flooded to extinguish the fire. It would take six months to retrieve the bodies of the dead and hold their funerals.
The centre is joined to four other adjacent buildings by boardwalks, all who have played roles in Zeehan's past. Of these, I found the Gaiety Theatre fascinating, with its wooden floors and one level seating and its dress circle above. The high stage - as was the practice - once saw Dame Nellie Melba perform. Original posters are in the foyer. The other to intrigue me was the Freemason's Lodge, where a commentary described the layout of the furniture and practices of the Freemasons. It was a pretty blatant defence of their secrecy and denied any political or religious biases, which I found a little ludicrous but interesting.
Written 12 March 2023
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Hi Peter, thank you for your positive and comprehensive review of the museum. There certainly is a lot to see, we're glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Have a great weekend.
Written 23 March 2023
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food_lover
Sydney, Australia113 contributions
Feb. 2023
The was an unexpected surprise. Best to set aside a few hours to do this museum justice. The museum occupies a number of old Zeehan buildings starts off with Mining and a fabulous rock and mineral collection, move into old trains, police house, lodge and finish with theatre. Something for everyone.
Written 25 February 2023
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Hi Robert, thank you for your 5 star review of the museum. We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us!
Written 4 March 2023
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bobjanh
Brisbane, Australia2,179 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Couples
One of the better regional/small town museums you are likely to find. Encompasses most of the older buildings on the east side of the Main Street and covers a lot: local history, rail, mining, gemstones and it goes on and on.

Tickets are reasonably expensive but the price is worth it: indeed, the ticket is valid for a week so multiple visits are possible. Too much to see in one visit - we did half and came back again to complete on another day.

Staff are very helpful.
Written 10 December 2022
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Hi bobjanh, thank you kindly for your exceptional review of the West Coast Heritage Centre. We are pleased you enjoyed the museum and are wishing you a Merry Christmas and safe, happy new year.
Written 16 December 2022
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Greig B
Tinana, Australia4 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Couples
Allow plenty of time for this. So much to see and do over a large area. Get into the history Zeehan. Not just mining and a great mineral display but Freemasons, court house and theatre as well. Get the app.
Written 8 October 2022
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Thank you kindly for your 5 star review of the Centre. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. There is certainly a lot to see! Have a great weekend.
Written 13 October 2022
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