The development of Queenstown and the West Coast are featured in more than 900 photographs displayed in the 23 rooms of this museum.
The pre-1940s photographs were collected and the museum established by Mr Eric Thomas.
There are also items of household equipment and personal effects,old documents, coins, cameras from the 1930s, a display of early theatre projectors, antique mantel clocks, a collection of kerosene lamps, medallions, badges and chinaware featuring the Royal Family from Queen Victoria to the present. Watch the video on Mount Lyell, Queenstown and the Abt Railway in the early 60s. – A Century of Copper, Eric Thomas by Charles Woolley and Story of Lyell; Long Live The King, while enjoying a refreshing cuppa.