The museum is housed in the Methodist church built in 1845 for the Cornish miners who came to work in Allihies. It tells the story of copper mining at Allihies from the Bronze Age right up to the 1960s when mining activities ceased.
This is an essential starting point on your trip to Allihies, you’ll discover the story of the Puxley Family, in particular “Copper John”, and how they led they the charge in extracting the precious copper ore beneath them.
There are sections on geology, history and geography of this unique place through artifacts, models, photographs, illustrations, original drawings and documents, diagrams, maps, interactive media and our small library.
There is also a museum shop on the premises. Many of our exhibits can be handled. There is even a model of the Man Engine that took miners down to the copper veins – the only one ever installed in Ireland!You will discover Interestingly, we also outline the social impacts which developed as a result of the mines.
There is a section devoted to the Cornish community, and another to those Allihies miners who left to work in Butte, Montana, where substantial mining operations evolved. Many of today’s Butte residents bear the same surnames as Allihies families.