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“Fantastic little museum!”

The Miner's Cottage
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Owner description: The old Miner's Cottage in Charters Towers is not your usual museum! Owned and operated by a retired prospector, Alan Silverwood, the little timber workers cottage houses Alan's extensive collection of Australiana, Antiques, Collectables, Curios and a whole lot more.... Visitors can browse the collection or try their hand at gold panning in the "tailings". Full tuition is available and this activity is very popular. Every year, hundreds of school-age children visit the cottage to learn about the golden history of the town. Located near the centre of Charters Towers, the cottage is within walking of the Post Office. The Miner's Cottage is open for bookings and personalised guided tours 7 days a week. Just call the owner to make a booking. School groups and bus tour groups are specially catered for, over 1000 schoolchildren visit the cottage to learn about the fascinating history of Charters Towers. The gold panning is very popular! Real GOLD can be found in the tailings...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Bowen, Queensland, Australia
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Fantastic little museum!”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

Just off the main street and easy to find. Go and learn how to pan for gold on the front veranda. Commendations to the family who own this private collection that they have turned into a museum for the wonderful exhibits they share with the public in this restored miners cottage. Well worth the $5 entry fee.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank KPH43
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Guam, Mariana Islands
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47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Bit disappointing”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

Not great with children, it's too small and overloaded - it just turns into a "don't touch" excursion. There are lots of fantastic things to look at but it's too overcrowded to take it in. The gold panning is also cramped in on a small balcony when there is a small garden available but not used.

Visited July 2014
3 Thank DKF2
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“great place to come with kids”
Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

Alan and gang just love the kids !we had a great time roaming the place and learning abt history even gold panning was so interesting for kids.thanks so much.

2 Thank Nicole H
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Hughenden, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Place!”
Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

Museum & old time photos were interesting. Had a gold panning lesson with Allan & found a small piece of gold, good fun, prompted us to buy a pan for ourselves to try...who knows? Thank you Allan...

Visited June 2014
2 Thank Lorraine S
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100 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Informative and Fun”
Reviewed May 19, 2014

The miners cottage is a museum detailing the gold rush years and so much more. We spent ages there, drinking our free cup of tea and learning about how the miners would use the creeks and their pans to check for gold. We could also have a go and if we found any, we could keep it!
Its a fascinating look at a bygone era and highly recommended

Visited May 2014
2 Thank soolooSurrey
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