The Thames School of Mines & Mineralogical Museum was the largest of some 30 schools formed in the 1880s to assist gold miners working on the goldfields in New Zealand.
The complex still contains a large amount of equipment related to the development and teaching of mining and extraction techniques. Its well-preserved interiors look (and smell!) much the same as they did in the past, featuring authentic equipment and laboratories.
The Mineralogical Museum holds one of the best collections in the Southern Hemisphere with over 3000 specimens including fossils from New Zealand and abroad.
Guided tours bring this special place to life with captivating stories about the Hauraki area's people and places.
Thames School of Mines & Mineralogical Museum, Corner of Brown and Cochrane Streets, Thames, Coromandel, New Zealand.
- Business hours:
- 11am - 3pm Wednesday - Sunday, March - December; 11am - 3 pm daily during January & February. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
- Months of operation:
- All months of the year
Facilities and Features
- Proximity to town:
- Walking distance to the main street of Thames.
Pricing and Conditions
(16 year(s) and under)
|$0.00 - $3.50|
- Other charges:
- Free entry to members of Heritage New Zealand and affiliated organisations. Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events.