Emmaville Mining Museum

The historic village of Emmaville in the Glen Innes Highlands is home to the Emmaville Mining Museum, the dream of Mr and Mrs Jack Curnow who ran the Emmaville bakery.

After closing the bakery in 1969, they used the shop to display their vast collection of minerals and photographs.
Their collection was bequeathed to the community in the hope that the town could start a museum.

The local council purchased the old Foley’s Store in Emmaville and volunteers began remodelling the building to house the Curnow collection.

Today, the Museum that houses the renowned Curnow mineral collection is also home to the Jillet, Gilbey, Ellis, Schumacher, Trethewey, Hermann and Maskey collections. In all, there are over 4,000 mineral and gem specimens.

As the collection grew, the Museum expanded. Out back is Foley’s General Store Museum, a replica blacksmith’s shop, an old wood-fired bakery, and a machinery shed filled with old mining equipment.

There’s the interior of a hessian-lined miner’s hut, a collection of over 400 photographs of the old mines, miners, and the Emmaville community, and a beautiful 1,500 bottle collection.

Nearby events

  1. Glen Innes Cottage Markets

    Saturday 29 September 2018 to Saturday 17 November 2018 , Glen Innes

    Glen Innes Cottage markets are held every Saturday at the Lions park, come and see the variety of tasty local produce and variety of products.…

    29 Sep - 17 Nov
  2. Gemorama

    Saturday 13 October 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018 , Glen Innes

    A Gem Festival featuring traders and Field Trips to local sites to promote the unique area and enticing tourists to keep coming back for other events. To encourage all age groups to spend time outside and meet friendly people with similar i…

    13 Oct - 14 Oct