Find out about the museums in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, including the Goldfields War Museum and the Hannan's North Tourist Mine.

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Goldfields War Museum

The Goldfields War Museum was established in the late 1970’s and run by passionate volunteers until the middle of the 1990’s when the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder assumed day-to-day operations.

With over 3000 Goldfields people having served in each of the First and Second World Wars and in smaller conflicts from the Boer War to present day, the Goldfields region has a rich military history that is reflected in the museum’s collection.

As a result of the 2010 earthquake, home of the Goldfields War Museum, Burt Street, Boulder was badly damaged and was subsequently relocated to the 1st Floor, Kalgoorlie Town Hall.   There you will see thought provoking displays of personal artifacts showcasing the involvement of Goldfields people in times of war.   

Currently a new museum is being developed that will showcase the uniquely interesting stories of Goldfields people who have endured the hardships of war. The Goldfields War Museum is looking to acquire military objects, photographs and documents relating to men and women from the Goldfields region that served in times of war or participated in home front activities.

Open hours

Visit us at the Kalgoorlie Town Hall, Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie from 9.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday or for enquiries contact us

Goldfields War Museum collection policy

Please download the Goldfields War Museum collection policy (PDF) for information the War Museum's policy on:

  •  Acceptance and retention of material on a permanent basis
  •  Loans procedure
  •  Management of the collection
  •  Deaccessions

Significance assessment for Goldfields War Museum

A significance assessment of the Goldfields War Museum was conducted form 23 May to 27 August 2010, to identify and record catalogue data for 1250 object and 250 military service records.

Please download the Significance assessment for Goldfields War Museum (PDF), which contains the following:

  •  Project scope methodology and outcomes
  •  War Museum origin, provenance, development and relocation
  •  War Museum management
  •  War Museum collection
  •  War Museum stakeholders
  •  War Museum clients
  •  Local collections
  •  Comparative collections
  •  Significance of the collection
  •  Recommendations 

Goldfields War Museum Business Plan

A Business Plan for the Goldfields War Museum was compiled in August 2007 by Geoff Speirs and Peter Templeton.

Please download the Businnes Plan for the Goldfields War Museum (PDF) here, which contains the following:

  • Introduction
  • Responses to the Brief
  • Proposed  Museum Exibitions Upgrade
  • Conclusion
  • People Consulted

Contact information

For further information please contact:

Museum Administrator
Tel: +61 8 9093 1087

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Hannan's North Tourist Mine

Hannans North Tourist Mine (formerly known as the Mining Hall of Fame) provides self-guided tours of historical and contemporary mining exhibits.

Open Sunday - Friday 9am - 4pm.

For more information, please contact: Hannans North Tourist Mine
Tel: +61 8 9022 1664

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Other local and regional museums

Golden Mile Loopline Railway Museum

Tel: +61 8 9093 3055

Rock and Mineral Museum

Tel: +61 8 9088 6002

WA Museums Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Tel: +61 8 9021 8533

Shire of Menzies Resource Centre

Tel: +61 8 9024 2702

Norseman Historical Museum

Tel: +61 8 9039 0367

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National and international organisations

Museums Australia

Museums Australia is the national organisation for the museums sector, committed to the conservation, continuation and communication of Australia's heritage.

The International Council of Museums Australia (ICOM Australia)

The International Council of Museums Australia (ICOM Australia) is a part of the global network of museum and heritage professionals committed to the world’s natural and cultural heritage. As a branch of the International Council of Museums based in Paris, it represents the international interests of its member museums and museum professionals across Australia and nearby regions.

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMAS)

This is a French-language site dedicated to the conservation and protection of monuments, buildings and sites of cultural heritage.

The International Council on Monuments and Sites is a network of architects, historians, archaeologists, art historians, geographers, anthropologists, engineers and planners who benefit from the interdisciplinary exchange of its members. It is the only international NGO of its kind, dedicated to promoting the theory, methodology and technology applied to the conservation, protection and enhancement of monuments and sites.

The members of ICOMOS contribute to heritage preservation and progress of restoration techniques and the development of standards for all cultural heritage property.

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