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“Nice park to explore. Museum is SMALL”

Phuket Mining Museum
Ranked #47 of 82 things to do in Kathu
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Nice park to explore. Museum is SMALL”
Reviewed 21 March 2014

I got past here every day. There is a really nice lake and interpretive walk to old Tin mining digs. All of the exhibits are in Thai. 100 baht to get in.

Visited March 2014
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South Australia, Australia
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“Worth a visit!”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

The beautiful pink Sino Portuguese building which houses the Phuket Mining Museum and showcases the history of tin mining on Phuket Island is built as a large square with a courtyard in the middle.

There are displays in every room with signage in Thai and English. The mines attracted many thousands of Chinese workers and there are displays showing them arriving by sea plus their living and working conditions.

Phuket tin was renowned worldwide due to it not having any arsenic in it so it was easier to mine. There are also life size displays and lots of old artifacts and photographs plus old mining equipment etc on display outside.

The Kathu Mining Museum is located in Kathu between Loch Palm Golf Course and the British International School. Entry fee for adults is 100baht.

We visited the Phuket Mining Museum as part of a day out with Chaya from Phuket Heritage Trails, there is so much more to Phuket than the beach areas. Chaya is passionate about her Island and loves talking and showing people places that the normal run of the mill drivers would not take you to.

Try a day out with Phuket Heritage Trails and you just might be surprised that Phuket has a fantastic history and plenty of interesting places.

Do not believe people who say Phuket is just an island for tourists, they do not know what they are talking about, there is plenty of culture and history here.

Visited August 2013
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“Rather basic - could be better”
Reviewed 21 May 2013

This museum gives a basic commentary on some of the tin mining methods that were so important to the development of the island. It developed because the island was missing out on government income so they had to develop industries of their own.

The exhibits were rather basic and the whole thing could have been done a lot better. The best part was the models of mines.

Visited February 2013
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“Interesting exhibit”
Reviewed 24 February 2013

Phuket Mining Museum is a well planned and interesting static display of the history of tin mining on this island. . I learned quite a lot about Phuket that gave a different perspective than a visit to Patong! For example the local golf courses were once tin mines!
The displays are good quality, well presented and entry is cheap if you are interested in local history, you like museums and want to learn about your hosts it makes an interesting outing. Just keep in mind it is a Museum and not a fun park
However the Staff not particularly animated or engaging.

Visited May 2012
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“Basic origin of Phuket business”
Reviewed 7 July 2011

If you wish to understand Phuket local people, you should start your research by this place, This museum itself is not a jewel, but the clear explanation how Chinese migrant came to Phuket island in search of ore, and created an unique culture based on Chinese belief and mixture of power and work. Through the different room of the place you will learn how we extract and smelting the various product made from ore. Many room present on real sized workers and merchant on their daily life. The outside part in mostly recreational, little beat run down, due to financial problem I believe, by the way a huge collection of heavy machinery from the past are still there. Museum is out of the main tourist stream, as well in a shortcut road, to go there you need to have your own transportation or take a cab, this chino Portuguese style museum is surrounded by green vegetation and a small lake with a quite pleasant landscape. The entrance fee is around B100 per person.

Visited June 2011
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