Ben Prior's Park

The museum is an eclectic array of mining and agricultural equipment, horse and camel-drawn vehicles and miscellany such as a water tank and old business signs. The collection is arranged in an open-air park which features large gum and Chinese pepper trees and has a picnic bench and table. Quirky statues of locally important identities such as Tommy Windich, Ernest Giles and Warden Finnerty line the picket fence facing Bayley Street, the main street of Coolgardie. The collection was amassed by local garage owner, the late Ben Prior, who found most of the objects whilst prospecting for gold in the area. The Shire of Coolgardie purchased the park and collection for the community in the late 1980s.


A small but eclectic collection featuring mining equipment and large quirky statues made locally.