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“Visit whilst on holiday in Tasmania”

West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Zeehan
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Established in 1963 the West Coast Heritage Centre Zeehan has continued to grow and offers visitors a comprehensive experience and understanding of the history, heritage and culture of the Tasmanian West Coast. Visitors can experience everything from an Edwardian picture show in the historic Gaiety Theatre to the modern day underground mine simulation as part of their visit. The galleries and exhibits highlight the efforts of the pioneers', both men, women and children who carved an existence from the remote wilderness in search of Tasmanian mineral wealth and developed the region as we know it today.
Reviewed 4 November 2013

We visited this centre partly because the weather was too grey and rainy to be outdoors. But we are so glad we didn't miss it and think it should be more widely publicised by Tasmania Tourist Information Centres.

The number and range of exhibits is incredibly interesting, with the old Gaity Theatre the icing on the cake. We were there for about two and a half hours.

My only negative observation is that there is a room near the staff's office covering a mining disaster in 1912 when 40 men died - one was the 20 yr old father of a two week old baby girl called Violet who, as an old woman, managed to get a memorial for these forgotten men. Whilst reading moving accounts of the disaster and the attempts to save some of the men I had to contend with Billy Joel singing Tell Her About It blasting from the staff radio. Very annoying to be reading with my fingers in my ears; possibly the staff don't realise how their music carries in an otherwise quiet museum. Not the first time in Australia where, as paying customers, we've been subjected to music or radio being played by staff.

5  Thank StellaCaroline
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Phillip V, Manager at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2014

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Reviewed 5 October 2013 via mobile

So much to see in this museum in the small town of Zeehan. From the huge train engines, to the mock mine experience and mineral collections, we enjoyed it all. Well worth the entry price, particularly on a wet and windy day.

3  Thank EllieFen
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Phillip V, Manager at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2014

Thank you so much for your lovely review of the West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan. We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us, and we hope you enjoyed your visit to the West Coast of Tasmania.

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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Just fantastic all the family will love it. A lot of history well preserved and takes you back in time.

3  Thank Zeehan_9
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Phillip V, Manager at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2014

Thank you so much for your lovely review of the West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan. We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us, and we hope you enjoyed your visit to the West Coast of Tasmania.

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Reviewed 8 September 2013

I have visited this museum 6 times over the last 10 years and each time there is something new.
To give justice to the amount of exihibits you need at least 1/2 a day.
Not only does it have internal historical displays but there is also an underground mine, outside train display and so much more.
I have seen a lot of museums in the 37 countries I have visited and I can honestly say this is the best local history museum I have ever seen.
Whats more is that Zeehan is central to all the west coast and has real cheap accomadation (especially compared to Strahan).
So you can base yourself here and its only 30 minutes drive to anywhere in the West Coast.
The only down side is that part of the museum is on the first floor and there is no lift.

3  Thank chris w
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Phillip V, Manager at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2014

Thank you so much for your lovely review of the West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan. We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us, and we hope you enjoyed your visit to the West Coast of Tasmania.

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Reviewed 21 July 2013

This museum is packed with stories of the mining history of the West Coast. The area is rich with gold, copper and zinc and there is a great display of minerals and crystals from the original Zeehan School of Mining and Metallurgy. Outside, there is a big selection of old mining equipment, old train engines. There is a tunnel leading to a simulated mine shaft, with a model of the Renison Tin mine, the world's largest underground tin mine.

This museum is let down by the lack of signage and general neglected feel. It has potential to be great, but suffers from shortage of funds. We went there with kids aged 9 and 7, and they found it sort of interesting but not that fun. The family entry price of $35 seemed quite high for the experience.

3  Thank Michaela_Patel
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Phillip V, Manager at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan. We are sorry that your experience with us was not what you hoped, and will pass on your feedback to our Executive Director.

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