Coolgardie Visitors Centre & Goldfields Exhibition Museum

A local collection housed in the historic old Courthouse or Gold fever, old geezers, heroes and bold pieces.

From a tent town to bricks and mortar, the old Coolgardie Courthouse unpacks the history of the 1890's gold fever and is a treasure trove of items from local collectors. Learn about Coolgardie’s mining history, and the triumphs of its local heroes, such as the divers who rescued trapped miner Modesto 'Charlie' Varischetti. A more recent story is about Scott Properjohn, the founder of the museum. Properjohn made many of the displays in the Museum and other museums in the region. See rare items from cameleer history, including an 'Afghan' beadwork snake, and marvel at the large bottle collection in the old courtroom, or the pharmacy items displayed on the ground floor. Don't forget to visit the quirky, Ben Prior Park, an open-air museum across the road from the museum. The park contains rare mining equipment and celebrates the local heroes like Ernest Giles and his camel.


62 Bayley St
Coolgardie WA 6429

Opening Hours

Mon to Fri 8:30am - 4pm; Sat to Sun 10am - 3pm.

A mining rescue miracle

On the 19 March 1907, Coolgardie received unprecedented rain, which caused water to rise in the mine at Bonnievale. Modesto Varischetti became trapped and remained below ground for 9 days, when he was...

From trash to treasure

Frank and May Waghorn lived near Sandstone when they discovered a bottle dump, which led to bottle fever! Frank and May ‘dug from daylight to dark seven days a week’ looking for bottles and travelled...

Djamal driver

Afghan, Indian and Pakistani cameleers assisted in the exploration and expansion of pastoralism and mining in Western Australia. This turban and leather shoes belonged to Taj Mohammed, a citizen of...

More Golden Outback collections

From a cabinet of curiosity to a museum.

The old bank has been given a new lease on life, with the Bruce Rock Museum located within its walls. Some of the rooms have been refurbished with items from the early to mid 1900s to tell the history...

A lucky horse finds gold and over a hundred years later a museum moves into the old School of Mines.

This museum has one of the most unusual and quirky items you will ever see - ask to see the typewriter keys! (Story below). Norseman Historical Museum celebrates the Goldfields, mining and local...

Soda pop culture

A quirky, vast Coca-Cola collection in a café. Sip a coffee or cola and take in the visual mastery of a branding and marketing icon through the ages, with this extensive collection of cans, bottles...

Saving Goldfields Aboriginal languages for all of us

The Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre (GALC) is an Aboriginal research organisation focussed on the recording, linguistic analysis, preservation and use of the Aboriginal languages of the region...

While you're in the area

Warden Finnerty's Residence
Warden Finnerty's Residence
Warden Finnerty's House in Coolgardie is a beautiful historic home which...
2 Mckenzie Street, Coolgardie, WA 6429
Coolgardie Historical Cemetery
Coolgardie Historical Cemetery
Reflect on the lives and hardships encountered during the gold rush years...
via Bayley Street, Coolgardie, WA 6429
Historic Coolgardie Railway Station
Historic Coolgardie Railway Station
The Coolgardie Railway Station was opened on 23 March 1896. Traffic in the...
75 Woodward Street, Coolgardie, WA 6429
Lindsay's Pit
Lindsay's Pit
The now disused Lindsay's Pit open cut gold mine on the north side of...
Ford Street, Coolgardie, WA 6429