Attraction ian 1/4/2014

There's plenty to keep mining and history buffs entertained in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Museum.

The museum focuses on the heritage of the Eastern Goldfields and the lives of the miners throughout the years. You can see how prospectors toiled as well as the living conditions for them and their families in the replica Miner's Cottage.

There is a large display of artefacts and memorabilia in the Mezzanine Gallery including photographs and furniture from the period. You can take a look through the Heritage listed 'British Arms' Hotel, which was built in 1899 (supposedly the narrowest pub in the Southern Hemisphere).

Another impressive feature is the underground Gold Vault. It's the most secure public access vault in Australia, simply because it houses half of Western Australia's gold collection! It includes the first gold bar refined in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, ornamental miner's brooches, jewellery and items of historical value.

If you are okay with heights you can ascend to the top of the Ivanhoe headframe (the structural frame above a mineshaft) in a glass-fronted lift and enjoy brilliant panoramic views of Kalgoorlie.

Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder opens daily from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and is located at 17 Hannan Street. Admission is free but a $5 donation will be much appreciated!

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