Discover the history of Kalgoorlie
Interested in learning more about our region’s fascinating history?
Pay a visit to The Museum of the Goldfields, where you can marvel at glittering displays of gold bars and nuggets and discover the personal stories of gold rush miners and migrants, alongside key events in our Kalgoorlie’s history.
The museum is open daily from 10:00AM – 3:00PM and admission is free.
What to know before you go
The Museum of the Goldfields is located at 17 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie, near the turnoff to the Goldfields Highway. It’s only a five-minute walk from the Plaza Hotel Kalgoorlie, or a one-minute drive. Simply head north up Egan Street, turn left onto Porter Street, then right at the roundabout onto Hannan Street.
The Museum of the Goldfields is open 10:00am to 3:00pm every day, and is completely FREE for all ages. However, feel free to leave a donation on entry.
Some special opening times do apply:
- ANZAC Day opening time is 1:00pm to 3:00pm
- The Museum is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and Good Friday
All you need to bring is your sense of adventure and curiosity, maybe some water if you plan on spending some time there, a hat if you’re heading outside, and a camera to take photos of any special exhibitions on display.
The Museum of the Goldfields is a place to uncover the rich mining history of Kalgoorlie and the surrounding area. You can explore WA’s largest collection of gold bars and nuggets, learn about how the prospectors of old undertook their searches, and walk through existing and recreated buildings to get a feel for what life was like during the gold rush years.
The nearby Aboriginal Bush Food and Medicine Garden showcases important plants from the Goldfields and beyond that play an important part in Aboriginal culture.