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Coaltown Museum

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This is a brilliant museum showing the history of the mining industry in the Westport area. Great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anita T
Forster, Australia
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Brilliant museum

It is a story of the past from Westport, starting from gold mine era, then through the main... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2018
santo t
Auckland, New Zealand
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“gold mine”(2 reviews)
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123 Palmerston St, Westport 7825, New Zealand
+64 3-789 6658
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a brilliant museum showing the history of the mining industry in the Westport area. Great display of machinery and equipment and a have you an insight into the harsh reality of life as a miner and their families. We really enjoyed the film...More

Thank Anita T
Reviewed 18 May 2018

It is a story of the past from Westport, starting from gold mine era, then through the main resources of Westport, the coal and the coal mine. How is the life of workers and their family, the struggle of women on daily harsh life to...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Fascinating museum telling the story of Mining in the area - specifically from Denniston Mine high up in the hills. The museum holds many artefacts from the Mine and Railway incline. Well worth the very modest entry fee after a visit to the Denniston site...More

Thank John T
Reviewed 9 April 2018

We spent a considerable amount of time here and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was well displayed and informative. The staff were fantastic . Well done Westport.

Thank realdeal2015
Reviewed 30 March 2018

An interesting museum that covers not only recovery of coal but also a social history of the families and the challenges they faced.

Thank KiwiTraveller57
Reviewed 20 March 2018

It focuses on the towns histroy and the lives of peoepl who lived when mining was all there was - remarkable similarities with the lives at that time in the coal fields where we live. Its well laid out and plenty of well written, easy...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Visited this museum on a damp Sunday afternoon the day after the Buller marathon. My grandfather had been a coalminer on the Denniston plateau but I knew very little about his life and times. After visiting the museum I know a whole lot more -...More

Thank Tafianz
Reviewed 14 February 2018

Learnt a lot from visiting here, the renovated place with interesting stories from how they got out coal

Thank happysheepChina
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Smallis museum at the visitor centre - $10 pp to get in and packed full if info about the local mining activities

Thank Jerry A
Reviewed 9 January 2018

helps if you've already gone to Denniston but never the less it's more about Westport than just mining. $10 PP won't break the bank but having to pay .50c to see the engine work felt like a rip off. the mine was interesting as was...More

Thank majnz
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