From December 10, 2021 Thames School of Mines will be open under ORANGE in the traffic light system. If you’re visiting us, you will need to present your Vaccine Pass to staff and follow our Covid-19 requirements. Please stay home if you’re sick. For the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.
Wednesday - Sunday
10.00am - 4.00pm
Daily Guided Tours
10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Adult Guided Tour $10.00
Under 18 years Free
* Surcharges may apply for special events
To step into the school is to get a vivid sense of how practical science and technology was taught in our pioneering past. You’ll see authentic period equipment and classic gold rush machinery, classrooms, labs, microscopes and maps of the gold fields, a model of a whole stamper battery system and an actual small-scale stamper battery, mining documents and historic photos. The original furnace room, where gold was laboriously extracted and then assayed, is well worth a look.