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The Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park & Railway is an Australian mining museum, located in the Central Tablelands city of Lithgow, New South Wales.Arrange your visit to Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Lithgow using our Lithgow trip itinerary builder.
The museum is principally a museum of coalmining and related industries. The aim of the project is the showcase the industrial history of the western coalfield of New South Wales.
The mining museum contains Australia's most comprehensive collection of coalmining artefacts, including coal cutters, coal loaders, continuous miners and underground transports. A recently developed multimedia exhibit titled "Fire in the Mine" explores the working lives of coalminers in the mid Twentieth Century and the horrific consequences of an underground fire that occurred in the State Coal Mine in 1953. The museum's latest exhibits "Hewers of Coal" and "Lithgow Valley Colliery Fire & Explosion 1886" use photographs, artefacts and digital media to investigate various aspects of coal mining in the New South Wales Western Coalfield.
The museum is owned and operated by The City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc. The museum was developed from 1990 when the former Lithgow State Coal Mine site was given to the community of Lithgow by the now delisted mining company, Austen & Butta Limited.
The museum is located on the northern outskirts of Lithgow on the site of the State Coal Mine that was closed in 1964 after being damaged by floods. The museum is connected to the Main Western railway line via a 1.5 kilometre branch from Lithgow yard. In 1976 the site was sold to Austin & Butta Collieries who donated the site to the City of Lithgow in 1990 with restoration work commencing shortly after. In October 2001 a fire destroyed the carriage shed and a number of items of rolling stock.
Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park reviews
I attended a WEDDING here, which had to be one of the very best events I've attended in decades. The surrounding grounds were salt & peppered with great artifacts of an era gone-by, and The Main...
I attended a WEDDING here, which had to be one of the very best events I've attended in decades. The surrounding grounds were salt & peppered with great artifacts of an era gone-by, and The Main... more »
A few minutes out of town but worth visiting. Interesting history with old equipment and buildings to wander around. Very informal and could do with more signage.
A few minutes out of town but worth visiting. Interesting history with old equipment and buildings to wander around. Very informal and could do with more signage. more »
Love this place. It's so random. Hologram presentation is absolutely exceptional. Even our dog was allowed in to see it and go through the museum / house ( although we were the only ones there so maybe that was why and he was well behaved I wouldn't count on it) Super friendly guides. Yes can look deserted if you arrive at certain times that is part of the charm. Not your usual touristy destination. Amazing place. Thank you Lithgow 💗 😊
Fantastic experience. The guide, Rod, was engaging and knowledgeable and the tour was well thought out and informative. I almost felt as if I was taken back in time.
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