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West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan

114 Main St, Zeehan, Tasmania 7469, Australia
+61 3 6471 6225
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ABSOLUTELY WORTH THE VISIT

An extraordinarily detailed and extensive museum explaining the mining and the Villages... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
RetiredWazza
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Daylesford, Australia
A huge museum requiring a morning or afternoon to do it justice!

It was a wet & wintry day in Strahan, so we drove to nearby Zeehan & spent the morning in this... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Karen M
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Daylesford, Australia
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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.
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“mining history” (13 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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114 Main St, Zeehan, Tasmania 7469, Australia
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+61 3 6471 6225
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An extraordinarily detailed and extensive museum explaining the mining and the Villages' lives. It probably need a makeover with current information technology but does not suffer from the amazing work it displays. Nice service. It is so large that you need at least 2 hours...More

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Phillip V, Manager at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you RetiredWazza for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Centre. Our galleries are currently undergoing an interpretation plan and will be updated as time permits.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a wet & wintry day in Strahan, so we drove to nearby Zeehan & spent the morning in this Museum. We were fascinated by the history of the mines & miners & were only sorry it was too wet to explore outside. We...More

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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

This is not just a little village exhibition! It is a large collection of local and Tasmanian mining history and a massive collection of rocks and minerals as well as other artefacts from the past centurie(s). It is housed in a former school of mining,...More

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Phillip V, Manager at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

Thank you waltervp for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us. A rainy day is the perfect day to visit a museum.

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Reviewed 23 May 2018

There is not a lot to see in Zeehan but this place is definitely worth while. It is also worth the entry fee which most feel is a bit steep but the grounds are huge and there is much to see and do. Displays are...More

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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

We were passing through Zeehan and spotted the Heritage Centre which we thought worthy of a quick visit. Three hours later after a very informative and enjoyable tour we class this as should do if you are passing through Zeehan or are in the area....More

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Phillip V, Manager at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2018

Thank you Michael for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay!

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Reviewed 6 May 2018

We stopped here on our way to Strahan from Cradle Mountain. It was a good little stop to stretch the legs and check out some history while doing so. The centre has a wide range of things to see, from minerals and gems to photographs,...More

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Phillip V, Manager at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2018

Thank you Saminda for your review, we are pleased to find out that you really enjoyed your stay!

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We will visit Zeehan again. The heritage centre has an amazing collection of crystals and minerals you simply will see nowhere else. It also has so much more to offer in regard to the detailed history of both local and Tasmanian mining. Treasures everywhere. Yes,...More

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Phillip V, Manager at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2018

Thank you Gina for your kind review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

Fantastic facility,well worth the money, need a couple of hours to get around this museum so you can take in all the exhibits.

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Phillip V, Manager at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Thank you Harle33 for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Centre.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

Very expensive unfortunately we noticed while we had lunch in the park that 70% of people walked in and than out again when the entrance fee of $50 a couple even though the collection is large is simply too much. So tourists don’t stay in...More

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Phillip V, Manager at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2018

Hi Alan B, thank you for your review of our business. The West Coast Heritage Centre is a not for profit organisation that strives to keep entry fees at a reasonable price while preserving the West Coast’s history, heritage and culture. Unfortunately maintaining heritage structures...More

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

This is an extensive collection of old photos and artifacts collected from the various mines in this area dating back to the 1880s. It is spread out over several buildings, including the old Gaiety Theatre, and an outdoor yard with larger items of mining equipment....More

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Phillip V, Manager at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2018

Hi Douglas D, thank you for your review of our business. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to West Coast Heritage Centre.

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