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Kathu Mining Museum

Kathu, Phuket Town & Central

Phuket Mining Museum is located in Kathu, and tells the history of tin mining in general and also of Phuket.It has various sections. The first being about the formation of minerals and structure of the earth, then there is a history of mining section that includes wax figures in caves, plus there is a to scale, model tin mine with small miner figures and small building and tools, the highlight section is a scale mock up of what Phuket Town looked like and the way people lived years ago, it contains shops, and wax figures and last but not least a section containing photos and mineral rocks.

The museum has been built in a Sino Portuguese style and has a courtyard that has artifacts dotted around it. The museum is not that large so will not take long to walk around, it is sited on Kathu Koh Kaew Road between Loch Palm Golf Course and the British international School Phuket (BISP)


  1. Nice place if you are a history buff and want to learn more about how Phuket gained notoriety with the tin industry and the influence of Chinese settlers. Very few visitors.

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  2. Recommend to make a group of friends to go there as it’s located in suburb area of Kathu. I think it’s a very informative cultural and historical attraction of Phuket. There are exhibitions about Tin mining method and Phuket’s people way of life at that time. The museum was built in the Sino-Portuguese style similar to buildings around the old Phuket Town area. Reasonable entrance fee. But it’s a bit quiet, not many people visit there.

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  3. Almost deserted! Went there with children and saw nobody around apart from a few staffs inside. After we have paid for the tickets then visited their exhibitions which seemed not bad, especially the tin mine one. Children are scared due to the dark cave look walkway but they finally enjoyed it. I think it could be a lot better than this such as advertisement and more activities.

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  4. On the road between British International School Phuket and Loch Palm Golf Club, hills and jungle all around, quite far from residential area. There are many exhibitions like Phuket local people way of life, Chinese merchant’s journey and various Tin mining processes. Unfavorable that the museum open to 4 pm and closed on Sundays.

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