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“Worth stopping by”

Pine Creek Museum and Library
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Worth stopping by”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

As with so many small town museums, the Pine Creek Museum and Library is well worth a short visit. There are a number of interesting displays and collected bits of the history of the Pine Creek region and the Top End in general. While it tends to be a little makeshift and 'old time' in its set-up (don't expect any interactive multimedia displays for example) it's still interesting. It's also worth chatting with the charming elderly lady manning the desk about her family's past and her personal take on the history of the region dating back to World War II. Overall the museum probably reflects the efforts of the small town volunteers who don't have a lot of spare time or money to spend on regularly updating it, but it is certainly worth supporting.

The building itself is also interesting and historical in its own right. It is the 'oldest prefabricated corrugated iron building in Australia' (admittedly a fairly specific claim to fame) initially erected as a Mining Warden's office in 1889. During the early part of the 20th century it mainly served various medical purposes before being taken over by the military in WWII as a communications centre. Afterwards it served as the local post office and telephone exchange until modernised equipment made it redundant in the late 1970s. Slated for destruction, the National Trust took it over and it began the current phase of its life as the local museum and library in 1983. If nothing else, it's worth going in just to inspect the construction and architecture.

Opening times are 11am - 5pm Mon - Fri and 11am-1pm Sat for the Museum, although the lady at the counter stated she usually has it open by 10am (it was about 10.30am when I went in). The Library is only open 1pm - 5pm weekdays. Internet access is available in the library, but at a fairly substantial price on fixed desktops (no wifi). Entry to the museum is by a gold coin donation.

Visited July 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“a quick visit”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

On the way to Katherine from Darwin July 2013, we went to Pine Creek for a quick visit. It only take few minutes drive off Stuart Highway. it worth!

The museum was closed, but we had a good look outside the historic buildings and sites and the Miners Park, and discovered the history of this little mining town around the year 1885 the Europeans and Chinese working the goldfields... it's very interesting.

Visited July 2013
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“better than most”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

this little museum is better than most,original stories / photos and even the dust, housed in a rare aussie building. when we popped in the locals were holding some sort of yoga / stretching / pre natal class or something, so you might get more of an insight to the creek than you thought.

Visited June 2013
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