The Moonta Mines Museum

The museum is located in the former Moonta Mines Model School, built 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.

Open daily 1 PM  – 4 PM

SA Public Holidays and School Holidays 11 AM -4 PM

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Moonta Mines Museum

National Trust Moonta

Copper was first discovered in the area in 1861 by a shepherd named Paddy Ryan. This signalled the start of a mining boom in the area.The area today provides a fascinating insight into the regions mining heritage.


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“We really learned a lot about the Cornish Mining History today. It was a great day for all of our family, something to interest everyone..”

Visitor, Adelaide

“I highly recommend a visit to the National Trust Moonta Branch. There is so much to do.”

Lucy, Adelaide

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