Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum (GeoCentre)


A walk around the centre of Broken Hill will give you an idea of how mining forged the city, with streets that are named after the metals and minerals dug up here over the past 140 years.

You can learn more about these mining deposits at the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum, also known as the GeoCentre.

On a three-screen cinema take a yen minute journey from the Big Bang to the present day and learn how the Line of Lode, the huge deposit of ore that made the city’s fortune, was formed. Find a world-class collection of more than 2,000 mineral, gem and crystal specimens, including a 42kg silver nugget.

Visitors should look out for the famous silver tree ornament once owned by Charles Rasp, the boundary rider-turned-prospector who discovered the original ‘broken hill’. It was Rasp who, along with six others – the Syndicate of Seven – formed the Broken Hill Proprietary Company (BHP) in 1885, thus setting in motion the development of the mines, and eventually the city itself.


  • Carpark
  • Family Friendly
  • Public Toilet
  • Shop / Gift Shop


  • National Trust
  • Australian Museums and Galleries Association
  • Australian Museums and Galleries Association
  • International
  • Aboriginal Culture


  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.
  • Caters for people with high support needs who travel with a support person.
  • Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)