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Kathu Mining Museum

Kathu, Phuket Town & Central

Kathu Mining Museum, opened in August 2009, is a very informative cultural and historical attraction in Phuket. A visit with a guide (or someone who has some knowledge about Phuket history) is recommended as, for now, most of the signs and descriptions are only available in Thai.

The museum offers inside and outside exhibitions:

- understanding the begining of the world (with formation of minerals and animal evolution)
- Phuket’s people way of life during Tin mines era (approx. 200 years ago)
- various Tin mining processes
- demonstration of smeltery, and products made out of brut Tin
- journey of Chinese merchants
- reconstructed Kathu village during Tin mines era (shops, Chinese opera, Opium den, …)
- walk in the mine’s landscapes

Kathu Mining Museum is located on the road between Loch Palm Golf Club and British Curriculum. You can’t miss the entrance: a Sino-Portugese shaped double arch in the middle of nowhere (hills and jungle all around).
Open from 08.00 to 16.00 – Closed on Sunday


  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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