AFMS Member
Associated with the American Federation of Mineral Societies

Ducktown, TN.

Member of the South east Federation
Member of the Southeast Federation of Mineral Societies

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    non-commercial mineral location information over the internet.

Click here for pictures of the Museum, Burra Burra Mine, and the Central Headframe.

by Kim Cochran

Historic Mine Site
Ducktown Basin Museum
Post Office Box  458, Ducktown, TN.  37326
Ken Rush - Museum Director
Museum Hours:
January through March
Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 AM till 4:00 PM
April through October
Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM till 4:30 PM
November through December
Monday through Saturday, 9:30 AM till 4:00 PM

Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day
In 1983, the Burra Burra Mine Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The State of Tennessee purchased the Museum on March 9, 1988 to be the first state-owned historic industrial site.  Come and visit the unique Copper Basin.  Discover their history in the Ducktown Basin Museum, enjoy the very special scenery of the region, and meet the people.  Collect garnets and massive pyrite.

The mineral collecting FEE area is open and accessable during normal hours of operation.  It consist of three dump truck loads of ore, not tailings, that were moved on site from the ore bins at the Tennessee Shaft. These ore piles are located in a gated area behind the Museum Shop Building.

$4.00 per adult

$3.00 - Senior
$1.00 for 13 years to 17 years
$0.50 each for children 12 and under

(as of 09/01/2010 - Before 09/01, Museum $5 & Both $7)
Ore collecting fee: $7.00

SPECIAL Museum tour and ore collecting fee: $9.00

The Ducktown Basin Museum is located on the historic Burra Burra mine site where 300 acres of denuded land has been set aside as a memorial to the devastation of the Copper Basin.  They do have a collection area now on site.  It consist of three dump truck loads of ore, not tailings, that were moved on site from the ore bins at Tennessee Shaft.  This site is in a gated area behind the Shop Building.  They do charge an additional fee for collecting on the pile.  The fee for collecting is $7.00 per person.  If you wish to tour the museum and collect on the pile the fee is $9.00 per person. 

COLLECTING:Garnet, Pyrite, Chalcopyrite, Pyrrhotite, Actinolite.

DIRECTIONS:  (Atlanta) From the I-75/I-575 north interchange, take I-575 north.  Follow the four lanes as it turns into SR 5 at Nelson and US 76(SR 5, SR 515) at East Ellijay.  Turn left onto SR 5 at the Blue Ridge McDonalds and continue on to Mccaysville.  At Copperhill, SR 5 becomes SR 68.  Follow this highway to Ducktown.  The Museum is located on your right about 3/4 of a mile past US 64.  Watch for the sign!

Drive Time: (Atlanta) It should take 2 hours for this 101 mile trip to Ducktown, Tennessee.

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