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Address: Moo 5, Kathu-Ko Kaeo Rd, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand
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Although situated quite a long way from Patong, we consider that the Mining Museum was well worth a visit. The exhibits were well done and the external area encompassing the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
David J
Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Although situated quite a long way from Patong, we consider that the Mining Museum was well worth a visit. The exhibits were well done and the external area encompassing the previously mined area was also of interest as the sluiced areas were still quite obvious as well as some of the original infrastructure.

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Phuket, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I enjoy history, so I enjoyed learning more about the early years of Phuket. I thought the items and scenes were quite well done, but the explanations could be better thought through. I kept thinking, "so, how does it affect the way Phuket is today?" You could actually get through the whole thing quite quicklly.

Thank derbon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I did some "serious" research on choosing which museum to visit with my family before the trip. It seems to me that most museums in Phuket are of relatively small scale and old. I picked Mining Museum because the building looks brilliant itself with a large area of grassland. Even the exhibitions are not as good as expected, at least... More 

Thank June L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We stumbled across the old museum several years ago (thanks to a Tuk Tuk driver wanting stamps!) we tried to visit 5yrs ago in the new buildings but they were not yet open to the public. We visited this week and enjoyed sharing the experience with our kids. Loads of information in Thai and English about the tin mining, Portuguese... More 

Thank DaMooseHoose
Krabi Town, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A pretty good rendition of Phuket's history, which isn't limited to the tin mining history. I'm curious as to the color of pink, however. Most exhibits have at least some English, but they'll need to hire a better translator. The place loses one star for its dual-priced nature - tourists pay twice as much as locals.

Thank ChrisBacke
Hakone-machi, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 via mobile

Not only mining relic but also many thai old things are displayed in there. I liked taking photos with them especially monkeyman is very memorable which made me shout and astonished. This museum is located in kathu very inside.

Thank amilier
Western Cape, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Decieded to go and see what others have been talking about. Arrived with a mixed bunch of people and at the entrance found out that there was a price for Thais and a price for farangs. Yes milk the farang once again. Even us expats who live here. Instant turn off, never to return until there is a one price... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 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.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 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... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 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... More 

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