Situated at the front of the museum is a visitor welcome centre. Here visitors are welcomed by volunteers who are not only knowledgeable about the museum, but about the whole district and the wider Tablelands. They can help answer your questions, supply you with brochures from our information racks, and suggest other things you may like to do to make your trip more enjoyable. Predominantly though, our volunteers are a ‘mine’ of information about the Museum and the Herberton Mineral Field. And if they can’t answer a specific enquiry, they will refer the question to one of our researchers who can forward a reply if you leave a contact point.
The VIC room is also a sales area offering a range of mining themed products to make a selection from, as mementos or gifts. We have books on local history for sale including ‘Back o’ Cairns’ by Ion Idriess and ‘North Queensland Deserted Towns Herberton-Mt Garnet’ by Colin Hooper. Souvenirs include: post cards, tea towels, stubby coolers, local pottery, rock samples, locally made pewter jewellery and pewter figurines. The pewter Australian animals are really cute and, of course, mainly composed of tin with a little copper and antimony – all metals found on the Herberton Tin Field.
Entry to the VIC room is FREE. Entry to the museum itself is by donation but free to locals and visitors from Herberton Historic Village.
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