See the famous Silver Tree as well as the best display of minerals from Broken Hill.
Behind the stone facade of the restored former Bond Store is another of Broken Hill’s must-see mining museums. The Broken Hill Geo Centre is a fabulous representation of the spectacular array of minerals found in Broken Hill – Australia’s premier mineral locality. As well as housing a renowned collection of local minerals and gems, the museum showcases many hands-on exhibits and information on how the world’s largest deposit of silver, lead and zinc was formed in Broken Hill.
The most famous showpiece in the museum is the Silver Tree. Made from 8.5kg of silver, the tree was created for the Melbourne Colonial Exhibition of 1880, and was once owned by Charles Rasp, the boundary rider who pegged out the first Broken Hill mining lease with his partners.
The museum is internationally recognised, and has been featured in numerous national and international publications. Selected specimens from its collection have also been displayed at some of the most prestigious mineral shows, including the world’s two largest shows in Tucson and Munich.
Broken Hill Geo Centre is located at the corner of Crystal and Bromide Streets, Broken Hill, NSW. Click here for more information.