The Herberton Mining Museum collects, preserves, researches and presents the history of the mining industry of the Herberton Mineral Fields and its associated social history. It’s a most fascinating place where you are welcome to dig into the past and explore the rich mining history of our town and region. Situated on the same site as the heritage-listed Great Northern Mine, the museum has an intriguing array of indoor and outdoor displays which appeal to people of all ages. Visitors are invited to push our buttons and crank our handles, with many of our displays and models encouraging interaction and engagement. Volunteers are always on-hand to answer any questions and are a mine of information.
The Herberton Mining Museum is built on a part of the original Mining Freehold purchased by the men who discovered payable tin mineralisation on this site 19 April 1880. The Great Northern Mine originally occupied a 24 hectare mine site and was once the heart of a booming tin industry and it boomed in more ways than one! Herberton’s hills regularly rang with dynamite explosions, while the racket of machinery at the Great Northern Battery was an incessant backdrop to everyday life.
Today the Herberton Mining Museum is a relaxing retreat amongst towering gums and houses stories of those early days. It offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to dig into the past and explore. Make sure you allow sufficient time to enjoy all of the exhibits, displays and walks. There are working mining exhibits and scale models, tin panning and interactive displays, several significant mineral collections as well as extensive walking trails.
The museum is open 9am to 4pm daily, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday. However, as the museum is staffed mainly by volunteers, there may be rare instances where some shorter hours are worked.
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