Moonta Mines Museum Tours

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 National Trust of SA, Moonta Branch took over the building and established a museum which now tells the story of Cornish pioneers who came to South Australia for the copper mines 1861-1923.

The museum has 14 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.

Opening Hours

Daily – 1pm-4pm
SA Public & School Holidays – 11am-4pm
Closed when temperature is 37°C & above


$8 for Adults and $4 for school aged Children. Under school aged are free.

School holiday times in December don’t commence until December 26th for all of our venues.

Enquires to Moonta Mines Visitor Centre (08) 8825 1891

Moonta Mines Walks

Trail 1Museum to Railway Station return – Approximate length 5kms.  Allow 2 hours

Trail 2Museum to Truers Area return – Approximate length 2.5kms.  Allow 1.5 hours

Trail 3Museum to Richmans Area return – Approximate length 2kms.  Allow 1.5hrs

Trail 4Hancocks Precinct Walk Trail – Starting at the Miner’s Cottage, or start at the Sweet Shop, follow signs – allow 1 hour, can be walked in either direction.

Moonta Mines Attractions

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