The Gwalia Museum is located in former office of the original Sons of Gwalia goldmine. It is well worth a visit before wandering through the deserted homes in the ghost town of Gwalia. The Gwalia has been well preserved and offers an eerie insight into the lives of the former mining community's residents.
The museum depict the mining and social life at Gwalia and Leonora. The cultural heritage of the Aborigines, Afghans, Italians, Yugoslavians and other cultures who resided in the area also features in the museum displays. You can see one of the original electric trams which operated between the towns of Leonora and Gwalia until 1908, as well as a fully restored 1935 mail truck. Numerous carts and transportation items are also on display.
The site also includes the restored Hoover House now functioning as Hoover House Bed and Breakfast. The house was commissioned in 1898 by Herbert Hoover as residence for the mine manager.
Relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day as the sun sets on Mt Leonora, take breakfast on the wide verandas or lawns, sit and take in the scenery, or watch the wedge tailed eagles that often hover over the open-cut pit.
Coffee and cake as well as other refreshments are served at Hoover House during museum opening hours.